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Don’t Report It: How Bihar Fights Crime

Don’t Report It: How Bihar Fights Crime

Bihar has a crime rate lower than more prosperous states such as Gujarat, Kerala, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, an IndiaSpend analysis of national crime data reveals. If this is an analysis that is hard to believe, that is because the data are not what they appear.…

Death On India’s Roads—Same As 2 Daily Plane Crashes

Death On India’s Roads—Same As 2 Daily Plane Crashes

  About 350 people die every day on India’s roads—more than any other country—with those under 18 and two-wheeler riders most vulnerable, according to various data…

12 BJP States Now Govern 520 Million Indians

12 BJP States Now Govern 520 Million Indians

With the Assam victory, the BJP now governs 12 states with 520 million Indians, or 43% of the population, up from 216 million (21%) in 2004.…

History Made In Assam, Repeated In Kerala

History Made In Assam, Repeated In Kerala

Two incumbents thundered back to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made history in Assam, and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) swept Kerala, returning to power after five years. That’s the story of the recently concluded assembly elections.…

Making Sense of Breaking News

83% Of Puducherry MLAs Are Crorepatis

83% Of Puducherry MLAs Are Crorepatis

As many as 428 (53%) newly elected legislators in five states (Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal) are crorepatis, according to data analysed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a New Delhi-based think tank, which analysed the affidavits of 812 members of legislative assembly (MLA).…

Surge In Female Contestants, Not MLAs

Surge In Female Contestants, Not MLAs

Female contestants increased across the four states that went to polls recently—but not legislators—and three times as many women contested in Kerala compared to the 2011 elections.…

A Third Of WB MLAs Face Criminal Charges; Trinamool Maximum

A Third Of WB MLAs Face Criminal Charges; Trinamool Maximum

Trinamool Congress, which won the elections in West Bengal, has 66 MLAs with criminal charges, more than any party; 60 Trinamool MLAs face serious criminal cases.…

Elections 2016: 2 CMs Retain Power; Congress Out In 2 States

Elections 2016: 2 CMs Retain Power; Congress Out In 2 States

State assembly elections in 2016 turned out to be an even battle–two incumbents retained power while two governments were overthrown by the people.…

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Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

6 Indicators of India’s Looming Demographic Disaster

6 Indicators of India’s Looming Demographic Disaster

India will need to generate 280 million jobs between now and 2050, the year when the working-age population (15 to 64) will peak, according to a new report, amid indicators that the country's demographic dividend could be at the cusp of disaster. With fears that India is experiencing jobless growth and skepticism abounding that the country may not be able to cash in on its "demographic bonus", the world's largest working-age population—869 million by 2020—because of limited progress on health, education and job skills, we identified six warning signs.…

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

India boasts superior rates of women serving in political office compared to other emerging economies: the nation just swore in its 16th female Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Yet it lags well behind its competitors in its rate of women’s labour force participation. There is surprisingly little data to answer why. But one reason stands out: women can’t get to work.…

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

In a country where 74% of farmland is not irrigated and water shortages are growing, India is on course to become “water scarce” within nine years, with depleting groundwater adding to an ongoing farm crisis.…

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Traditional landowners, the Jats are a powerful Hindu caste now demanding classification as a “backward” caste, so that government jobs can be reserved for them. However, an IndiaSpend analysis of employment data and evaluation of aspirations of young Jats revealed that the protests are manifestations of India’s slow, inadequate job-creation and a failing education system creating thousands of “unemployable” graduates.…

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