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What 13 Million Fake Cooking-Gas Consumers Reveal

What 13 Million Fake Cooking-Gas Consumers Reveal

A direct transfer of cooking-gas subsidies has revealed 12.73 million "duplicate" connections - implying fake consumers or illegally held multiple accounts - across India.…

In 3 Months, Swine Flu Deaths Top Worst Annual Toll

In 3 Months, Swine Flu Deaths Top Worst Annual Toll

The H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu, has claimed 1,947 lives and infected 32,663 people across India, according to official data, as on March 23, 2015.…

India’s Stuttering Internet Revolution

India’s Stuttering Internet Revolution

The year 2015 is supposed to be a seminal year for the Internet in India. This is the year India is supposed to overtake the US—it may already have, but there are no data, only estimates—and become the world’s second-largest user of the Net, with active internet users predicted to reach 269 million by June. Claimed users are higher, with a figure of 302 million.…

3 Years After Delhi Rape, Conviction Rates Same

3 Years After Delhi Rape, Conviction Rates Same

With controversy continuing over the ban on India’s Daughter, a British documentary on the Delhi rape case of December 2012, what has not been discussed as much is the record of the justice system in prosecuting such cases.…

India’s Politically Powerful Castes Corner Quotas

India’s Politically Powerful Castes Corner Quotas

  As the Supreme Court of India struck down on March 17 the central government’s decision to include Jats in a central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from nine states, an IndiaSpend analysis reveals that these castes have disproportionately cornered affirmative-action quotas…

Modi's Message: India's States Reply

Delhi, Seeking 381% Subsidy Rise, Complains About New Delhi

Delhi, Seeking 381% Subsidy Rise, Complains About New Delhi

The devolution of financial power by New Delhi—the seat of India’s central government—continues to roil the states with the provincial government of Delhi rebelling, saying it would lose Rs 25,000 crore ($4 billion) over a decade.…

Leading Welfare State Gets Less Funds From Delhi, Rebels

Leading Welfare State Gets Less Funds From Delhi, Rebels

Tamil Nadu - which is in an election year and runs India's most extensive welfare state - has rebelled against the devolution of financial power to the states, part of the decentralisation process put into motion by New Delhi.…

5 Things The J&K Budget Can Teach India

5 Things The J&K Budget Can Teach India

A former banker, editor and now full-time politician, regarded as a “renegade” by Kashmiri separatists who once believed he was one among them, has just set the tone for budget-making for Indian states in the era of Narendra Modi.…

Kerala’s New Gambit: Pay Interest On Agri Loans

Kerala’s New Gambit: Pay Interest On Agri Loans

The Kerala government is planning a unique experiment to tackle the agrarian crisis. Announcing the budget for the year 2015-16, Finance Minister K M Mani said the government will pay the entire interest payable by farmers on every loan where the farmer repays the principal on time.…

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How 46 Million Indians Are Being Slowly Poisoned

How 46 Million Indians Are Being Slowly Poisoned

Around 46 million people in India—or size of the population of Spain—are exposed everyday to contaminated water, which could lead to serious health issues such as crippling skeletal damage, kidney degeneration, cirrhosis of the liver and cardiac arrest.…

Jobs For Women: Why India Does Worse Than Somalia

Jobs For Women: Why India Does Worse Than Somalia

As Women's Day rolls in and various debates around the Indian woman unfold--such as, her role, education, freedom, responsibilities and job prospects--one thing is clear: The percentage of women in India's workforce is declining.…

Rural India’s LPG Failure Kills People, Changes Weather

Rural India’s LPG Failure Kills People, Changes Weather

Every evening on the smoky, denuded northern outskirts of Bangalore, Renuka (she uses only one name), a domestic worker in her mid 30s, picks pieces from a woodpile …

215 Million Indians Have Zero Assets

215 Million Indians Have Zero Assets

In a country where “inclusion” is the emerging political mantra, an estimated 215 million Indians–roughly equivalent to the population of Brazil and Australia combined–are largely excluded from economic progress.…