The Week That Was:

From: Vartaa Editorial Team on Dec 20, 2015

Center vs Delhi

Political corridors of Delhi went into flutters this week as the CBI raided the offices of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The CBI claimed the raids were against the CM's Principal Secretary, Rajendra Kumar in a corruption case. The Delhi CM however went on the offensive and accused the center of targeting him and his government. He has now trained his guns on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and claims that the CBI raid was a cover for looking at files related to Mr.Jaitley's tenure as Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) chief. The Aam Aadmi Party has gone on the attack and Mr. Jaitley is so far offering a dead bat to all the allegations being hurled at him.

Lok Sabha says Nay

The LGBT community in India suffered another setback when a Private Member's Bill introduced by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to decriminalize gay sex under Sec 377 of the IPC was defeated in Lok Sabha. Of the 96 MPs present for the vote, 71 voted against it to nip the Bill in the bud.

Mutiny in Arunachal

Arunachal Pradesh has been plunged into a political crisis as a majority of the Congress MLAs have rebelled against sitting CM Nabam Tuki. The Gauhati High Court has now stepped into the matter putting a stay on the state Governor's decision to advance the Assembly session and the acts of rebel Congress and BJP MLAs who 'removed' the speaker and 'elected' a new Leader of the House.

A Step CLoser to Sainthood

One of India's most loved social reformers, Mother Teresa is closer to Sainthood with Pope Francis recognizing a second 'miracle' attributed to her. The late Mother is now expected to be canonized officially in September next year.

Opinions you must read:

  • The Hindu opines on how the CBI still remains 'its master voice', in light of the raids on the office of Delhi CM Kejriwal.
  • The Mint reports how, despite the negative publicity surrounding them, the BIMARU states are taking a lead in women empowerment at local level.
  • Kashyap Deorah writes in Mint on the start up funding battles in e-commerce in India during 2015 and why a truce between funds in now around the corner.
  • The Indian Express raises some concerns on the state of the economy after the mid-year economic review presented by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanium.

Chart of the Week

Although the country has made strides in primary education in recent years, literacy rate in India (72%) still lags well behind other developing nations such as China (96%), Indonesia (94%), and Brazil (93%) per the UNESCO Institute of Statistics' September 2015 report. The regional differences are pronounced- poorer states in general have much lower literacy rates than richer ones. However, when you look at the younger population (under the age of 25), the picture is encouraging. Large states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat are inching towards full literacy. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan still have some catching up to do. It will be interesting to examine the impact of the Mid Day Meal program launched by the Government of India in 2004 on youth literacy. One thing is clear though- if India's 'Demographic Dividend' is to materialize, it will be on the backs of a young workforce that is educated and skilled.