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Election Nama: How Nitish Kumar’s Regime Was Similar or Different from the Lalu Yadav- Rabri Devi Era?
In 2006, civil society organisations of Bihar released an “Alternative White Paper” on the issues of development and governance in the state. This was done in the context of an official White Paper released by the newly elected Nitish Kumar government on the 15-year-long Lalu Yadav-Rabri Devi regime. Anindo Banerjee, who is a Patna based researcher and public policy expert, was a part of it. He is currently the Head of Programme Initiatives at Praxis – Institute for Participatory Practices.
In this episode of Election Nama on Bihar Assembly Elections 2020, our guest podcaster Mahtab Alam speaks to Anindo Banerjee on what has changed over the past 15 years and how he assess’ Nitish Kumar’s regime, on how different or similar has it been to the Lalu Yadav-Rabri Devi regime. And, above all, what needs to be done for better development and governance in Bihar.
Election Nama - Why Is This Election Different From The Past Assembly Polls in Bihar?
Bihar Assembly Polls 2020 are the first direct elections to be held amidst the ongoing pandemic. Is this the only reason why the assembly polls have been considered different or are there other reasons for it as well?
To analyse this, our guest podcaster Mahtab Alam speaks to two experts, namely, Patna based senior journalist, Rajni Shankar and Researcher and Election Analyst, Ashish Ranjan. In addition to the question of what is different about these elections, they also discuss issues related to the representation of Women in these elections, the impact of ‘reverse migration’ and the Lokniti-CSDS pre-poll survey that has given an edge to NDA.
Election Nama – Ravish Kumar on Bihar Assembly Elections 2020
Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 is all set to start from Wednesday, October 28. The polls will be held in three phases and the counting of votes will take place on November 10. In the coming days, we will be discussing different aspects of the polls, politics and issues in Bihar in this special mini-series of “The Suno India Show”
For this inaugural episode, our guest podcaster Mahtab Alam speaks to senior journalist Ravish Kumar on what he thinks of this election. Kumar believes that this time around, the elections have been very different from the past as perhaps for the first time, issues like “Rozgar” (Jobs/Employment) and “Siksha” (Education) have become the main talking points.
How young researchers are seeking data to understand excess mortality during COVID-19 pandemic
The Government of India has recorded more than one lakh people have died of COVID-19. There have been allegations of undercounting of COVID-19 deaths. One way to understand the extent of the toll of the pandemic and lockdown is to measure excess deaths.
Menaka Rao from Suno India spoke to researchers Aashish Gupta and Kanika Sharma, who attempted to seek and collect data related to excess deaths along with other young researchers.
Mental Health During COVID-19: Coping with Anxiety, Stress & Lockdown during the pandemic
In this final episode of our mini-series “Mental Health during COVID-19”, Kunika Balhotra, Suno India’s Research and Communications Officer spoke with Nidhi Gupta, a 28 year old communication professional to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has affected people with pre-existing mental illnesses.
A Lancet study published this year said that one in seven Indians were affected by some kind of mental disorder. A report (https://nimhans.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MentalHealthIssuesCOVID-19NIMHANS.pdf) released by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in April stated that any pre-existing psychiatric conditions like psychosis, mood disorders, anxiety spectrum disorders, sleep disorders, among others can exacerbate during the quarantine.
Nidhi Gupta spoke about how the lockdown triggered anxiety in her case, and how she sought care to cope with it.
Mental Health during COVID-19: LGBTQI community sees spaces erode, economic distress due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated both the economic and social problems among the LGBTI (lesbain, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex) community, which have affected their mental health. The COVID-19 induced lockdown has cut them off from their own spaces which provided respite for them.
In the third episode of this mini-series, Kunika Balhotra, Suno India’s Research and Communications Officer spoke with Shivangi Agrawal (https://www.instagram.com/disabledspice/) , a queer disability consultant, Pawan Dhall, Founding Trustee of Varta Trust (https://vartagensex.org/) and Shivalal Gautam, a queer activist from Guwahati, Assam and the co-founder of Xomonnoy.
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Absolutely loved the first episode of the Show! Looking forward to the upcoming episodes! 😍🙌🏻
Very informative and good round up