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India has been touted as the ‘pharmacy of the world’, after the notable role it played in supplying Covid vaccines, especially to the countries of the Global South. However, this reputation is being sullied by instances of spurious drugs from India allegedly causing deaths of children, most recently in Uzbekistan.

ThePrint reported from the underbelly of India’s pharma industry, on the outskirts of the national capital Delhi, and found a shadowy and unregulated world of dubious drugs, ramshackle units, suspect ingredients and manipulated data.

As the Supreme Court of India is being petitioned seeking legal recognition of non-heterosexual, LGBTQ+, marriages, The India Forum argues that ‘marriage equality’, should go beyond the male-female binary. If it does, it has the potential to be one of the most important family law reforms in a generation.

In 2022, India languished at 135 among 146 nations in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, ironically an improvement from the year earlier. India Development Review says the findings point to the absence of women in political and public spaces and the lack of social and economic security.

And, three weeks after Uttarakhand’s Joshimath was brought to the brink of sinking with almost a thousand houses developing cracks, the citizens of the town still face anxiety and uncertainty over their rehabilitation. The Citizen reports on the people’s fear of displacement, to places far away from their locations, which could cost them their present livelihoods.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Inside India’s shadow pharma industry — dingy drug units, cash payments, poor inspection

ThePrint visits drug units in Delhi’s outskirts and finds dubious drug manufacturing units that are under probe for producing spurious drugs and endangering lives.

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The Case for Legalising LGBTQ+ Marriages

Legal recognition for ‘marriage equality’ has the potential to erode gender inequities in family laws, says The India Forum.

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Gender attitudes in India: What’s changed and what hasn’t

India Development Review looks at India’s inability to close the gender gap and what it means for the rights and opportunities for Indian women.

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Joshimath Residents Face Anxiety, Uncertainty

The residents of Joshimath live in an atmosphere of uncertainty and anxiety after the town experienced severe ground-sinking, even as more and more houses are declared unsafe each day. The Citizen reports.

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The Birth of the Indian Supreme Court
Last week, India celebrated its 74th Republic Day. On the first, way back in 1950, the Indian Constitution came into force, bringing into existence the Supreme Court. As Supreme Court Observer points out, the Court was accorded powers to enforce citizens’ rights, interpret the Constitution and strike down laws that curtail citizens’ freedom.
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