According to the World Health Statistics report, which was released last month, the global average life expectancy was at 73.3 years, while the healthy life expectancy figures stood at 63.7 years in 2019. In India, life expectancy was at 70.8 years, and healthy life expectancy was at 60.3 years, reports Angana Chakrabarti.
Having kept her head low in the current tenure and not invited any controversies, Smriti Irani did not quite deserve to be divested of a portfolio, if not a promotion, in the latest Union cabinet expansion. Sure, she may not have done any path-breaking work in the last two years, but neither have several ministers in this government, writes Ruhi Tewari.
The influence of the Marxist Latin American liberation theologists has deeply permeated the Roman Church in India and has impacted the Jesuit order quite profoundly over the last few decades. Marxist Catholic priests in India are no longer happy focusing on old-fashioned parish work; they want to guide tribals towards ‘revolutionary Marxism’, writes Jaithirth Rao.
More than a century after the hypothesis was forwarded, Hyderabad-based theoretical physicist Dr Kumar Eswaran says he has key proof to the unsolved problem that has baffled mathematicians and physicists the world over, reports Rishika Sadam. The hypothesis makes predictions on how to find prime numbers along a numerical spectrum.
IAS officer Divyanshu Patel, who was caught on camera assaulting a video journalist in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao during the block panchayat polls, is no stranger to controversy. In May, Patel had passed orders for the controversial demolition of a mosque in the town. The officer had also taken on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2019, while championing reservation, reports Prashant Srivastava.
Pakistan is the most important player in Afghanistan today — it has waited for 20 years for the Americans to leave. From hosting Osama bin Laden to brokering relationships with the big powers to militarily advising and arming the Taliban, it is so powerful that it influences every move everyone else makes, writes Jyoti Malhotra.
The sedition law isn’t awful because we inherited it from the British Raj. Most of our laws have continued from the same era, including the Indian Penal Code. The problem is that the motive behind it was colonial. A law, where a government can criminalise criticism to protect itself, is a modern-day obscenity, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s National Interest.