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India Short of 500,000 Police. Why It Matters—And Does Not

India Short of 500,000 Police. Why It Matters—And Does Not

India was short of more than half a million police officers on January 1, 2015, the last date for which nationwide data are available, the Lok Sabha, parliament’s lower house, was told on July 26, 2016. But our analysis of global police staffing patterns and murder rates in six countries suggests more police do not necessarily mean less crime.…

More Girls Studying, But 84% Drop Out After Graduation

More Girls Studying, But 84% Drop Out After Graduation

While more young women are enrolled in higher education than ever before--and apparently more successful in clearing 10th-standard board exams than young men--they are either marrying early or not finding or not looking for jobs, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various data.…

Muslims At Bottom Of Higher-Education Ladder, Alongside Backward Tribes

Muslims At Bottom Of Higher-Education Ladder, Alongside Backward Tribes

Muslims comprise 14% of India’s population but account for 4.4% of students enrolled in higher education. Last in our three-part series on affirmative action in higher education.…

1931 Data Muddy Issue Of Backward-Caste Higher-Education Quotas

1931 Data Muddy Issue Of Backward-Caste Higher-Education Quotas

Over the decade ending 2010, the enrolment rate of other backward classes (OBCs) in higher education had tripled to 22%, close to the national rate of 23.6%. Now that OBCs appear to have caught up with higher castes in higher education, is it time to remove reservation?…

Making Sense of Breaking News

Indian Airlines Report 122 Drunk Pilots Over 3 years

Indian Airlines Report 122 Drunk Pilots Over 3 years

In medical examinations before flights over three years, 122 pilots of Indian airlines were found to have drunk alcohol, the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) was told on July 21, 2016.…

Farm Insurance Payout Triples In One Year

Claims paid by insurance agencies to farmers for the 2015 kharif (summer) season increased 200% to Rs 15,000 crore from Rs 4,800 crore in 2014, latest data tabled in the Lok Sabha (lower house of the Parliament) reveals.…

Muslims Lead Minority Literacy Rate Improvements Over Decade

Muslims Lead Minority Literacy Rate Improvements Over Decade

The literacy rate among Muslims showed the largest increase of 9.4 percentage points, from 59.1% in 2001 to 68.5% in 2011, among India’s minorities, according to data presented in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on July 21, 2016.…

New Law Bans Child Labour–But Not In Family Firms, Farms

New Law Bans Child Labour–But Not In Family Firms, Farms

With evidence that children who work are 70% less likely to complete high school and are excluded from better job opportunities in their youth, a new bill that bans children under 14 from hazardous jobs but allows them to work on farms and family businesses is facing criticism.…

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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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