Migration

Populous Areas of the World | A study of migration and misery

Population is a more serious issue than generally construed. The managing of populations can become a serious inflection point as can be seen building up in the recent Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Frequently, discrimination against communities have been placed in religious and ethnic terms, which can be site-specific. However, Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University, US, places the context of the current turmoil on a more fundamental concept – land. Sassen says that recent...

Education

The Major Thinkers of Geographical Determinism

There have been various schools of thought in the history of geographical thought, and geographical determinism is one such school of thought that deals with the interaction between man and nature. Geographical determinism began with the major initial source of geographical explanation that based its theoretical positions on the notion that human activity was dependent on the physical environment in which it was set. Geographical determinism was a dominant school of thought until the Second World...

Education

The Major Thinkers of Geographical Possibilism

Geographical possibilism is a school of thought in cultural geography that says that although the natural environment places certain constraints and limitations on human life, culture is determined independently of nature by human social conditions. Geographical possibilism replaced a long legacy of geographical determinism in geographical thought, which held that the natural environment places an all-encompassing influence on human activity, such that all of human life is dependent on the natural...

Urbanization

Rural Urban Continuum and the Necessity of Integrated Planning

Understanding the rural urban continuum According to the Census of India, rural areas are defined in terms of revenue villages forming a much smaller unit of habitation than urban areas - which are under various district administrations and have surveyed boundaries which are definite. Each village is a separate administrative unit and can also be composed of a group of habitations together forming a unit. Defining urban areas however, proved problematic for the Census, and with the 1971 Census,...

Migration # Population

The Indian Stance on International Refugees

In view of the present quandary in the world due to the ongoing crises in South Sudan and Syria, the humanitarian importance of the World Refugee Day, June 20, stands validated more than ever before. The observance of the World Refugee Day was started at the behest of the United Nations from 2001 to commemorate the abject distress faced by the forcefully displaced persons and raise awareness about their situation worldwide. As per the Global Trends Report on Forced Displacement in 2016 published...

Health

Diabetic Retinopathy: an emerging eye disease in India

Diabetic Retinopathy: an emerging eye disease in India An awareness about diabetes management and expansion of the eye health care services at the grass roots level for reducing the burden of avoidable blindness is essential for India in the coming years. The eyes are the most beautiful organs in our body. The health of the human eye is as essential as any other body organ but concerns for the health of our eyes are often neglected. Even in frameworks for communicable and non-communicable diseases,...

Health # Population

Health Policy and the Improving Health Indices of India

Health policy of India aims at integrated approach, to provide accessible, affordable & equitable quality health care to marginalised & vulnerable sections.

Education # Population

Education for all: 2 problems and 3 solutions

From teacher absenteeism resulting in low learning outcomes to installing biometrics in schools and a robust evaluation system, the education for all mandate needs revisiting.

Population # Urbanization

Waste Water From Homes & Industries – Impending Crisis

All of our homes and industries spew waste water in large quantities, which pollutes the water resources we use and hence we must adopt techniques like 3R's

Education # Population

India’s Public School Education Holding the Fort

Indian school education system has evolved to provide education to nearly three-fourth of the students. The sector has seen the participation of governments