Governance and Political Studies
Conceptualising ‘One Health, One-Earth’ for Āyurveda

In the 9th World Āyurveda Congress (WAC) organised by the Ministry of Ayush on 11/12/2022, India put forth the vision of ‘One Earth, One Health’ before the world. To put it in the words of Prime Minister Sri. Narendra Modi;

Report on Medical Value Travel (MVT) Paradigm Shift

India is currently ranked as the fifth most attractive and favorite destination for Medical Value Tourism (MVT) as per a popular MVT tracking website. Patients from all over the world come to India for various kinds of treatment. A majority of them are from Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Iran, besides other African countries. As per Invest India, a national investment promotion and facilitation agency, MVT patients increased from 1.83 lakh in 2020 to 3.04 Lakh in 2021 and the current MVT market is valued at $5–6 billion, and expected to be $13 billion by 2026.

Criminal Justice System: My Experience and the Way Forward

The book provides an insightful examination of India’s criminal justice system and offers tangible solutions for its reform. With over three decades of experience in criminal law, the author brings a unique perspective. The author meticulously dissects the system’s shortcomings and presents innovative ideas to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility. This engaging and approachable book sheds light on the diverse array of individuals involved, ranging from victims and accused individuals to investigators, judges, and society as a whole.

Foreign Universities in India: An Analysis on the Criticisms

Is the arrival of foreign universities to India really a negative development? Of course there could be reasons both for and against. But ultimately, it wouldn’t be as harmful or alarming as it is portrayed, especially if the challenges are converted into opportunities. If handled carefully, both India and the world can benefit by making the discourse on knowledge more fruitful. At least, it could be said that it is too early to oppose the development. Nevertheless, the decision has received criticisms on different grounds, from various ideological standpoints.

Draft Telecom Bill 2022: A Step in the Right Direction but Concerns Remain

India is set to overhaul its telecommunication regulatory framework. The Ministry of Communications, Government of India, has released a 40-page draft of the Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022, along with an explanatory note for public comments. In the accompanying explanatory note, the objectives are improving digital inclusion, growing the telecommunications sector and creating a future-ready international telecommunications regime. The Ministry of Communications was accepting public comments on the draft bill till end October 2022.

Ban on Popular Front of India - A Long Overdue Step

… strong legal measures, including a law on radicalization and terror funding are the need of the hour to clearly state that attempts to challenge India’s unity and integrity will be firmly dealt with ... red-lines need to be drawn for the media, intellectuals, political, social and civil rights activists, advocacy groups and academics ...

Release and Discussion on Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0

On 30 September 2022, VIF organized the release and discussion on Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0, a book authored by Shri. Rajiv Malhotra and Shri. Vijaya Viswanathan. Apart from the authors, the panel consisted of Lt. Gen. Ravi Sawhney, Chair of the session and Shri. Kanwal Sibal, Former Ambassador and Former Secretary, GOI. The occasion was also graced by Shri. Arif Mohammad Khan, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala as the Chief Guest.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh: The Rise of the Sikh Empire and The Military History of The Punjab

Ranjit Singh was the most adventurous, audacious, and sagacious ruler of the Indian subcontinent since Chandragupta Maurya. Like the Kohinoor he wore, he was a gem among rulers. He rose like a bright and brief firmament when India became a part of the global colonial geopolitics. He abolished the death sentence and created a new empire based on principles of statecraft. In the 1770s, the Punjab was sixty-eight pieces of a wild and prosperous land inhabited by a brutal and querulous people making a living by plunder even as invasion after invasion from the north-west frontier trampled it.

Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh: A Visionary Ignored by History

....he established the ‘Provisional Government of India’ (Hakumat-e-Mokhtari-i-Hind) in Bagh-e-Babur in Kabul on December 1, 1915 … Pratap became the President for Life or until the Government was handed over to Congress … Maulana Barkatullah Khan as the Prime Minister and Obeidullah Sindhi as the Home Minister, Champak Raman Pillai as the Foreign Minister and Maulana Bashir as the War Minister …

Vimarsh on India’s Drug Challenge

On the 11th of October 2021, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) as part of its Vimarsh Dialogue series organised a presentation by Shri Jayant Misra, IRS (Retd) and former Chairman of the Settlement Commission, on India’s Drug Challenge. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, welcomed the speaker and delivered his opening remarks. The Director mentioned a recent report by the National Drugs Dependence Treatment Centre at AIIMS, in which the study showed that 2.8% of India's population are frequent cannabis users, and one crore of the population are sedative users.

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