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Delhi summit offers a salute to nari shakti

The G20 Delhi summit prioritized women-led development and made robust commitments to gender equality

Inspired by Chandrayaan-3, we could refer to six touchdown points of Delhi G20 on nari shakti. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 10:06 PM IST

A historic leap to advance India’s G20 women agenda

A dozen outcomes of the summits need to be harvested and built upon. India could launch impact-making G20 women lighthouse projects.

The G20’s overarching priority of economic and financial management and resource mobilisation for global good – including crisis response which was the raison d’etre of the G20 – must also be gender responsive. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 12:53 PM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

Global human solidarity is the only way forward

Emerging powers such as India are important pillars of multilateralism and have tried to influence and reform the institutions and rules of the game towards more equity and public good decisions

For 75 years, multilateralism has ebbed and crested in the four projects of humanity: Sustainable development, peace and security, human rights, and humanitarian action. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 08:18 PM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

The significance of PM Modi’s visit to the US

PM Modi’s extraordinarily warm meeting with Biden — including a “Mo-Jo” hug — evoked affinity. It was preceded by a remarkable “connect” and meeting with vice-president Kamala Harris, in which PM Modi described the US and India as “natural partners”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden, Washington, US, September 24, 2021 (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 01, 2021 03:33 PM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

Afghanistan: Don’t sacrifice women’s rights at the altar of geopolitics

Because women’s rights have been systematically violated and women have been excluded from governance, peace and nation-building, conflict has become endemic

Afghan women hold placards during a demonstration demanding better rights for women in front of the former ministry of women affairs in Kabul on September 19. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 20, 2021 07:56 PM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

Covid-19: An opportunity to create a more equal world | Opinion

Governments, businesses and civil society must awaken Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 based seven interrelated chakras or energy centres to transform the post- pandemic world into a gender equal one.

Gender equality is a proven public good and India’s gender equality dividend alone could be close to a trillion dollars by 2025.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 06:29 AM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

The migrant worker crisis needs a multipronged response

Among other things, it needs comprehensive data and statistics on workers, with a category-wise breakdown into skill, sector and gender at the state and national level

Many were unable to access information on the relief, benefit and transport provided by governments, further complicating the crisis(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 24, 2020 11:52 AM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

Support and empower India’s migrant workers

Targeted and ecosystem support for migrant workers is a major thrust of the Atmanirbhar Bharat package.

Migrant workers cover their children with saris to protect them from heat as they wait to get on a bus to reach a railway station to board a train to their home state of Bihar, Ahmedabad, May 20, 2020(REUTERS)
Updated on May 23, 2020 10:22 PM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

Covid-19: Economic opportunities and challenges | Opinion

A “new India” industrial and trade policy is needed to incentivise our entrepreneurs to be makers, not just traders. They must build a Make in India hub to meet domestic and global Covid-19 related demand and subsequent rebound and revenge consumption

Economic activity has been curtailed to enforce social distancing — an indispensable bullet in the Covid-19 war(ANI)
Updated on Apr 06, 2020 07:29 PM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

India is on the right path in its fight against Covid-19. But the road ahead is long

In the next few weeks, critical questions must be answered. Will the lockdown break the chain of contagion? Will Covid-19 die with the heat of the Indian summer? How do we phase in normal economic activities after April 14? How do we best calibrate, pace and sequence resumption of normal work and social patterns to beat the virus and save the economy?

All of India, all in government, all of society stood by the government in its efforts not just to contain the virus, test, stop community spread, and treat, but also to build morale(PTI)
Updated on Apr 04, 2020 11:15 AM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

How India and the world must respond to Covid-19 | Opinion

The impact of Covid-19 is being acutely experienced at the community, province and national levels. Governments have the primary responsibility. It is a time when we erect walls, fences and ensure border controls, but it is also a truly global existential crisis requiring a concerted global response, action and solidarity

The lockdown is a truly staggering, but necessary, response.Transformational behaviour change is the key to success.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Apr 04, 2020 11:12 AM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

No city is smart if its women are unsafe

Gender-responsive planning is crucial to drive economic development and improve infrastructure and public services, and enhance the quality of life for all.

Updated on Jun 23, 2015 03:45 AM IST
ByLakshmi Puri

Listen to your better half

Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women’s rights. Women account for half the world’s population. It’s time they were heard. Lakshmi Puri writes.

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Updated on May 29, 2013 11:12 PM IST
ByLakshmi Puri, Delhi
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