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Article by Harjot Singh on "Information Asymmetry in the Indian Legal System: An Empirical Analysis" - The Libertarian Weekly

January 17, 2017

The Advocates Act 1961 regulates legal services in India. The act empowers, and constitutes, the Bar Council of India, which frames rules for advocates practicing litigation. The 21st Law Commission was constituted by the Law Ministry in 2015 and former Chief Justice of Odisha was appointed the chairman. He is also serving on the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.

Article by Harjot Singh on "State Intervention: Going Back on Economics" - The Libertarian Weekly

January 11, 2017

Back to the 20th Century! 2016 might have been a defining year in contemporary history. Politics and Economics have not been so disruptive since the Cold War. Further, leaders seem to be interested in promoting nationalism and are interested in using hatred as a weapon to fuel popularity. While political strategy has returned to a century old ridicule, so has economics. The bottom-up approach, allowing free markets to determine their fate, with minimum state intervention (only in the case of market failure) is no longer the prevalent idea. The State is bent on turning around economics to pre-war conditions.

Article written by Sriroop Chaudhuri on 'Water: Changing face of Northeast' - Millenniumpost

January 04, 2017

In the past couple of years, clean water has emerged as a prime concern to the international authorities around the world. In the face of extreme climatic adversities, population explosion, rising demand, global food crises, the WHO-UNICEF’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG: 1990-2015) placed issues of freshwater availability at the centre of every human developmental framework. Particular emphasis, in this regard, is positioned upon bolstering and diversifying Rural Water Supply Services (RWSS) globally, in order do away with rural-urban disparity, vying for a more homogenised public distribution system. Along similar lines, the National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) was established in 2009 in India, under the aegis of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS), with the goal of providing rural households at the rate of 40 liters per capita per day (lpcd), deemed Full Coverage (FC).

Multiculturalism the New Paradox, Globalism the New Reality: Experts at International Conference by Jindal University - News Now

January 29, 2016

Jaipur Literature Festival to be Taught as Part of Liberal Arts Curriculum at Jindal University - The Hindu Business Line

January 22, 2016

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy on "Digital India needs to make space for waste" - Daily O

February 23, 2017

Sustainable waste management has emerged as one of the stealthiest challenges that international authorities are facing these days. Recent findings on the waste-climate nexus further perplex experts.

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy on "Lapses in monitoring" - Deccan Herald

February 20, 2017

In India, potable water quality impairment is astoundingly diverse and appalling. Fluoride levels, above permissible limits, are reported from 19 states, salinity from 15, iron from 21 while nitrate from 12 states. Among these, arsenic and fluoride have severe health concerns.

Article written by Yugank Goyal on "The Ivy League’s dark history shows it is not easy to reject charity that involves dirty money" - Quartz India

February 17, 2017

One of the oldest British buildings in India is St. Mary’s Church in the southern city of Chennai. Constructed between 1678 and 1680, it is perhaps the oldest Anglican Church east of Suez.

Article co-authored by Yugank Goyal and Kanika Mahajan on "Enriched By The ‘Outsider’" - The Indian Express

February 16, 2017

For Cuba, 1980 was an eventful year. Between May and September, as many as 1,25,000 Cubans had left the port of Mariel in Cuba for Miami in Florida. The situation ended when then US president Jimmy Carter realised Fidel Castro had been piling up prisoners and mentally ill in the boats. But by then, Miami’s labour force had inflated by 7 per cent and number of Cuban workers in the city increased by 20 per cent.

Article written by Dr. Arun Kumar Kaushik on "Changing contours of UP elections" - Deccan Herald

February 07, 2017

The first of the seven-phase elections to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly will begin from February 11. Political dynamics have been changing dramatically over last few weeks and months. The rift between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father - Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh - and the subsequent compromise surprised many. The pre-poll alliance of SP and the Congress is seen as being formed in haste.

Liberal Arts: Education to Combat Global Citizenship and Community Engagement - Moneycontrol.com

February 23, 2016

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy on "The search for a water revolution" - The Statesman

March 29, 2017

As the adversities of climatic aberrations start making inroads into global water resource development strategies, the need to protect and conserve freshwater resources and impetus to search for alternate water sources has soared. To meet growing demands, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation had launched the Jal Kranti Abhiyan (JKA) on 5 June 2015 with the major aim of involving grassroots involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati Raj institutions and local communities (e.g. Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM).

Article co-authored by Dr. Arun Kaushik and Dr. Yugank Goyal on "The algebra of Uttar Pradesh election results" - Live Mint

March 22, 2017

Uttar Pradesh stands for a floating signifier of whatever urban, educated India doesn’t. Covering 7.3% of the area of India and 16.16% of India’s population, it is crammed with 200 million people suffering from huge poverty and inequality. No wonder the elections here become hugely important.

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Adithyalakshmanan on "Water versus Energy " - Millenniumpost

March 16, 2017

Recent coal bed methane (CBM) exploration initiatives proposed for Cauvery Delta (Nagapattinum, Thanjavur, and Tiruvarur Districts) in Tamil Nadu have triggered a feisty three-pronged battle of wits between the Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd. (GEECL) –the proposing agency- the government, and the local peasant communities. The debate's been on the boards since 2010. Cancelled and reactivated on several occasions as political regimes changed. Indecisiveness on top of confusing decisions on behalf of the authorities (both local and central) have sparked agitations from the local peasant communities from time to time over the anticipated consequences of CBM/hydrocarbon exploration on the groundwater-fed agrarian economy. 
 

Article co-authored by Dr. Mimi Roy and Ashoka Rathnam on "Vertical forests must for urban spaces" - Deccan Herald

April 27, 2017

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy on "Future losses" - The Telegraph

April 26, 2017

Nothing has influenced the course of environmental research and policymaking in recent times more than climate change. Climatic perturbations have even begun dictating the global job market. And some believe it is for the better for now. This school of thought fancies that climate change has given rise to a parallel employment sector by way of devising varied mitigation and adaptation strategies. Even a superficial glimpse reveals that the number of job advertisements listed in the electronic media in the past decade or so under water/air/agriculture/forestry/food/biodiversity/conservation-related R&D positions have been overwhelming. Climate change has also led to the creation of specialized titles: sustainability-officer/consultant/analyst/manager/modeler and what not.

 

 

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Harnoor Kaur on "Delhi Is on the Verge of a Groundwater Crisis – and It’s Time We Stopped Ignoring It" - The Wire

April 21, 2017

With no law to protect groundwater levels, efforts to enable the natural replenishment of the the city’s water table are being hampered.

JGU Deliberates on Undergraduate Research Possibilities - India Today

April 12, 2017

The Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities (JSLH) of the O P Jindal Global University (JGU) at Sonepat in Haryana, successfully hosted its inaugural Undergraduate Research Conference on campus on April 7 and 8. Nearly 140 undergraduate students from 20 universities and colleges from around the country participated in the two-day event.

Article written by Professor Kathleen Modrowski on "Pick a subject, any subject. Choice-based courses are finally here" - Hindustan Times

May 24, 2017

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Harnoor Kaur on "Targeted reforms needed to tackle drought" - The Statesman

May 08, 2017

Nothing has drilled deeper to the core of global policy meets over human developmental issues in recent times than the ramified adversities of climate change on lives and lands. Anomalous temperature bumps to drastic declines in precipitation, flash floods to untimely hurricanes, polar ice melting to urban heat islands, climate change are no more just tea-table gossip. But amongst all its manifestations, it is probably drought, or rather the unpredictable recurrence of droughts, that has made climate change a potboiler.

 

Article written by Dr Sriroop Chaudhuri on "What we need to do to tackle the crisis of water depletion" - Daily O

June 04, 2017

Recent projections indicate for global energy demand to grow by over a third by 2035, with China, India and the Middle Eastern nations championing 60 per cent of the bargain.

 

Article co-authored by Sriroop Chaudhuri and Mimi Roy on "Waste: An ocean of inaction " - Millenniumpost

June 04, 2017

Target 6.3 of the WHO-UNICEF's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) lays out clear directives for disposal, collection, treatment, and management of water resources and mandates on halving the proportion of untreated wastewater by increased recycling and safe reuse by 2030. Importance of wastewater handling and management ripples over other SDGs including that about health and well-being (SDG 3), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), life below water (SDG 14), and life on land (SDG 15), among others. In essence, issues of wastewater generation and management take into stride the foundations of human sustainability and natural ecosystem services.

 

Book Review 'THE GREAT DERANGEMENT' - Los Angeles Review of Books

September 30, 2016

Writing the community: Indian languages’ writers are taking on dogmas, myths and falsehoods - The Indian Express

September 20, 2016

Water, sanitation: India still far from goals set by UN - Deccan Herald

October 03, 2016

Article co-authored by Mimi Roy and Sriroop Chaudhuri on "Halting desertification" - Deccan Herald

November 15, 2016

FOOD, CLIMATE, MIGRATION : About 96.4 million hectares land area (29.3% of total landmass) of India is currently under land degradation/desertification.

In the last couple of decades, land degr-adation/desertification has grown into an appalling menace to sustainable human development, affecting billions around the world including India, leaving the authorities reeling over dire resource depletion/inadequacy. A major reason for it has been a lack of consensus over a precise definition of desertification.
 
As per the United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification (UNCCD), desertification is virtually any form of land degradation in the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, resulting from a combination of climatic variations and ‘unplanned’ human expansion. Desertification, by newer definitions, is no more just about sand dunes and oasis. Today it means the collective damage caused to the world’s dryland ecosystems.

Article written by Yugank Goyal on "The air we breathe: If not now, then when?" - Live Mint

November 14, 2016

In the summer of 1816, George Gordon Byron, while escaping a scandal in London, and Mary Shelly, while eloping with Mary Godwin, met in Geneva by chance. They were staying in the same hotel. The summer was unusually dark with incessant rain due to a freak climatic event—the eruption of a volcano near Bali that vomited huge dust storms that engulfed much of our planet. Forced to stay indoors, Byron suggested they write ghost stories. Shelly began writing. Her story was titled, Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus.

Artists, Curators and Scholars Debate the "The Value of Art", at a Seminar Hosted by Jindal Global University - IANS

November 18, 2015

Article written by Dr. Mimi Roy on "Liberal Arts Education in India: The Past, Present and the Future" - Higher Education Review

December 27, 2016

A solid well-grounded Liberal Arts education system in India is the need of the hour and is central to a twenty first century global imagination. From the last century, the United States education system has pioneered and sustained institutions with a focus on Liberal Arts education to create global leaders capable of solving intricate problems through rational and critical thinking. This has quite obviously resulted in American institutions on the top spots of World University listing while Indian institutions fail to grab a spot even in the top one hundred. The Indian higher education system has often been described as a "sea of mediocrity with a few islands of excellence".

Article co-authored by Mimi Roy and Sriroop Chaudhuri on "A huge concern- Stunted Children Population" - Deccan Herald

December 23, 2016

Stunting, overweight and wasting (too thin for height) are the three major concerns ensuing from under-nutrition amongst children. About 156 million children around the world are currently suffering from stunting and about 42 and 50 million from overweight and wasting. 

Article co-authored by Mimi Roy and Sriroop Chaudhuri on "Groundwater on brink of destruction" - Millennium Post

December 12, 2016

Water stress is a major challenge faced around the world today. In a recent climate meet, 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) at Marrakech, Morocco, need of water management was heavily stressed upon as the way to find sustainable solutions to climatic adversities in the days to come. In India, water resources are at great peril, especially groundwater, facing dual demons of rapid depletion and contamination. In a nationwide report on the status of groundwater resources in 2009 made by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), it appears that the northwestern states sit on the graver end of the spectrum with Punjab registering about 172 per cent groundwater development, followed by Delhi (138 per cent) Rajasthan (135 per cent) and Haryana (127 per cent), which urges for immediate mitigation efforts and spatially-optimised policy reforms.

Article by Rahul Jayaram on 'Liberal Disconnect' - Counter Currents

December 03, 2016

Donald Trump’s election win has been illusion shattering. In a swoop, Trump’s win has bayonetted the credibility of America’s powerful East Coast media, pollsters, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and the idea of globalisation. Moreover, it has scarred the psyche of liberal Democratic voters known for deriding Republicans: Democrats who underrated Trump’s appeal with the recession-battered white underclass. Trump’s triumph comes in the wake of Brexit, the continuing crises within the European Union and an anti-migrant ripple in the first world. The win has sparked soul-searching on the crisis of ‘liberalism’ in America. If liberal America has seen such an anti-liberal poll result it begs the question: How liberal have the liberals been to have come to such a pass? And does the liberal quagmire in America, hold any value for Indian liberals?

Article by Prof. Yugank Goyal on "Govt, give me a tax bargain" - Daily News & Analysis

December 01, 2016

Demonetization has happened. The Government will not roll it back now. It has, in one stroke taken away a significant wealth of its people. It is causing a lot of pain, indeed. But like any other, this pain too will fade in time. And once the cash-rush is over, it will be people’s turn to see what has happened. What could people’s response to this look like?

In the seventeenth century, when the British were establishing their port towns in Surat, Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta forging a nexus of contracts with Mughal rulers and building huge wealth and influence, England was bleeding. The Crown and the Parliament were up in arms against each other, leading to the Civil War (1642-1651) and later the Glorious Revolution of 1688. These became the defining moments of European political history, giving rise to parliamentary democracies around the world.