February 2020
State of India's Birds, 2020: Range, Trends and Conservation Status

"The State of India’s Birds report is the first comprehensive assessment of the distribution range, trends in abundance, and conservation status for m

Text: Address by President Ram Nath Kovind at The Huddle, 2020

The following is full text of the inaugural address by President Ram Nath Kovind at The Huddle, organised by The Hindu in Bengaluru on February 22, 20

USCIRF Releases New Factsheet on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act

USCIRF Releases New Factsheet on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on February 19, 2020, released the following new factsheet on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act:  India Factsheet - In December 2019, the Indian Parliament passed into law the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). This law provides a fast track to Indian citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Quickly after the CAA's passage, large scale protests broke out across India with the government instituting a violent crackdown against the protestors. In conjunction with a proposed nation-wide National Register of Citizens, there are fears that this law is part of an effort to create a religious test for Indian citizenship and could lead to the widespread disenfranchisement of Indian Muslims. This factsheet provides an overview of the CAA and explains why it represents a significant downward turn in religious freedom in India. In its 2019 Annual Report, USCIRF placed India on its Tier 2 List. India Factsheet can be accessed here . India Chapter - 2019 Annual Report can be accessed here . Related Link: Supreme Court of India. 2020 . Application for Intervention , www.livelaw.in, March 5.

Lecture: Jayachamaraja Wadiyar and the Indian Board of Wild Life

Text of a lecture delivered by Jairam Ramesh, MP, at Mysuru as part of the Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Birth Centenary Celebrations, on February 20,

Official Release: CAA - 12 Key Points to Remember

The following is the full text of the Brief issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, on December 19, 201

Indifference in the Time of Political Repression

The enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has created a sense of fear over a possible nation-wide roll-out of the National Register of Citi

CAA and the Devaluation of Secular India

The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA 2019), has touched a raw nerve among Indians who grew up in an India that was a melting pot of diversity. Whi

Union Budget 2020-2021 Documents

The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget for the financial year 2020-21 on February 1, 2020. Her speech in Parliament and related documents, including the Economic  Survey (2019-20) can be accessed through the following links:   Union Budget, 2020-2021:  Speech by Nirmala Sitharaman [PDF 941 KB] Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India Union Budget 2020-21 English All Releases [PDF 2.75 MB] Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India Key Highlights of Union Budget 2020-21 [PDF 1.35 MB] Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India Summary of Union Budget 2020-21 [PDF 281 KB] Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India EconomicSurvey 2019-20 - Volume 1 [PDF 11.2 MB] Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India   

Crime in India - 2018

  Crime in India 2018 - Volume 1 [PDF 2.95 MB] Volume 2 [PDF 2.19 MB] Volume 3 [PDF 3.38 MB] Source: National Crime Records Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs