According to India’s first-ever ‘Condomology’ report, nearly 80 per cent men aged between 20 and 24 did not use a contraceptive with their last sexual partner, “indicating the need to urgently address an imminent crisis in reproductive and sexual health”, Taran Deol reports.
With UP government’s image taking a hit in the wake of the second Covid-19 wave and the panchayat election results, RSS sarkaryavah (general secretary) Dattatreya Hosabale was in Lucknow on a four-day visit seeking feedback from key state-level functionaries on the public perception of the Yogi Adityanath government, Prashant Srivastava reports.
Firoz Alam, who had been serving in the Delhi Police as a constable since 2011, had cracked the UPSC exam in his sixth and final attempt last year. His success is similar to that of the fictional character Imran Ansari in last year’s Amazon Prime show Paatal Lok, reports Sanya Dhingra.
The Prashnam survey of nearly 15,000 people in six states, covering every rural assembly constituency, is unique in India, writes Rajesh Jain. It found that 17 per cent of people surveyed reported that they had lost someone to Covid-19. These six states have roughly 100 million families.
The Modi Indians repeatedly voted for knew the pulse of the people so much that he could take irrational steps like demonetisation and they would cheer for him. That Modi wouldn’t air-dash to politically important cyclone-hit states but stay indoors when crores are fighting coronavirus and government apathy, writes D.K. Singh.
The General Headquarters in Rawalpindi wants two friends instead of just one, which means that it earnestly wants to hold on to the US that seems to be disengaging strategically. A generational shift in strategic relationship is at play here, and is worth watching in the coming years, writes Ayesha Siddiqa.
If you are a thin-skinned Indian nationalist, as most of us are, we have tough questions staring at us. Our mis-governance, lousy identity politics of caste or religion, fake socialism, corruption, self-congratulation, are catching up and ruining our self-image faster than we imagine, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s National Interest column.