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Women Better Educated, Less Criminal; Men Ask More Questions In India’s Richest Municipal Corporation

Women Better Educated, Less Criminal; Men Ask More Questions In India’s Richest Municipal Corporation

India’s richest municipal corporation has more female corporators than men: The women are better educated, younger, and 3.3% have criminal records compared to 31.8% of men--but they ask fewer questions than the men.…

The Best Corporators In India’s Richest Municipality

The Best Corporators In India’s Richest Municipality

As India’s richest municipal corporation goes to elections on February 22, 2017, an IndiaSpend analysis finds that four of five top corporators, by attendance, are from the Shiv Sena, a party that also reported the highest overall average attendance.…

Pihani’s Story: Why Promises Of UP’s Politicians Rarely Changed Over 15 Years

Pihani’s Story: Why Promises Of UP’s Politicians Rarely Changed Over 15 Years

  Pihani, Uttar Pradesh: For 16 years, Kailash Rai (not his real name), 49, has been commuting six hours every working day between his home in the state capital Lucknow and the government degree college where he teaches in Pihani, 135 km to the northwest…

Why UP Can’t Deliver What Voters Want: Clean Air & Water

Why UP Can’t Deliver What Voters Want: Clean Air & Water

Clean air is among the top three issues that exercise voters in India’s most-populous state, but it isn’t an issue that political parties in UP address. UP’s air is fouled by thousands of brick kilns, sugar factories and coal-fired power plants that violate new emission standards and are among the country’s dirtiest.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

How Delayed Pregnancies Beat Sterilisation As A Family Planning Tool

How Delayed Pregnancies Beat Sterilisation As A Family Planning Tool

Although India spends 85% of its family planning budget on sterilisation and 1.5% on distributing non-terminal contraceptives, one Maharashtra district's brief experience with a conditional cash transfer programme shows that rewarding couples for delaying having children could work better to temper India's population growth.…

Driven By Male Reluctance, India’s Contraceptive Use Falls, Population Surges

Driven By Male Reluctance, India’s Contraceptive Use Falls, Population Surges

Over eight years to 2016, the use of contraceptives declined almost 35%, as abortions and consumption of emergency pills doubled. While condom use declined 52% and vasectomies fell 73%, the use of oral birth-control pills fell 30%.…

More Women Are Delivering In Hospitals, So Why Are So Many Still Dying In Childbirth?

More Women Are Delivering In Hospitals, So Why Are So Many Still Dying In Childbirth?

In the remote and poor villages of hinterland India, the big government push to get poor women to deliver in hospitals should have ensured safer childbirth. But though institutional deliveries rose 15% in India over a decade, our analysis of data and reports reveals that maternity benefits are simply not reaching their targets.…

Led By Wealthy Urban Women, Caesarean Sections Rise In India

Led By Wealthy Urban Women, Caesarean Sections Rise In India

Between 1992-93 and 2013-14, the richest quintile--top 20% of the population by income​--undergoing caesarean section deliveries in India has gone up from 10% to 30%, raising the country’s average caesarean section rates from 5% to 18% over the same period.…

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Currency Chaos

#Notebandi Frontlines: Farm To Loom, Textiles–Employer Of 25 Million–Totter

#Notebandi Frontlines: Farm To Loom, Textiles–Employer Of 25 Million–Totter

India’s textile supply chain--which employs about 25 million people--is reeling from cancelled orders, plummeting demand and job losses after demonetisation, an IndiaSpend investigation has found.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

Days after announcing demonetisation, PM Modi requested 50-days’ time to restore normalcy. On day 54 and 55, to determine if that promise was being kept, we visited 24 kirana stores in urban, semi-urban, peri-urban and rural areas in and around Mumbai to find devastated lives--and more than half still supporting Modi.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

Before notebandi, despite a growing downturn, the buzz of looms was obvious. High electricity costs, international competition, and widespread violation of complex, unreformed labour laws were left unaddressed in Maharashtra’s northern textile town. Now, Malegaon town has fallen silent.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

Tourism, an industry that provides over 6% of India’s GDP and employs 10% of its workforce, has been badly hit by notebandi. IndiaSpend visited Goa at the peak of its tourist season and found that foreigners are packing up and leaving, restaurants and flea markets are empty, and workers at the celebrated shacks and cafes are facing job losses.…