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How Modi Changed (And Changed) The Demonetisation Narrative

How Modi Changed (And Changed) The Demonetisation Narrative

The Prime Minister made six speeches across the country on the demonetisation policy between November 13 and November 27, including his radio address to the nation, Mann Ki Baat. An analysis of the speeches reveals a shifting of the narrative of the demonetisation action and its objectives.…

5 Hurdles To PM’s Push For Cashless Economy

5 Hurdles To PM’s Push For Cashless Economy

As the #notebandi disruption wears on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off a new drive to make India a cashless economy, while his ministers and government institutions have joined in the publicity. We identified five major hurdles.…

Small Industrial Units Ready With Cheques, But Wary Workers Want Cash

Small Industrial Units Ready With Cheques, But Wary Workers Want Cash

Twenty three days into #notebandi--as the scrapping of 86%, by value, of India’s bank notes is colloquially called--IndiaSpend met numerous workers in the small-scale industrial units of Thane who were either reluctant to follow or ignorant of the Prime Minister’s exhortation to move to cashless transactions.…

#Notebandi May Exacerbate India’s Public Health Crisis

#Notebandi May Exacerbate India’s Public Health Crisis

A spate of deaths due to hospitals--specifically private hospitals--refusing to accept invalid currency notes has come to attention, after the PM's announcement of demonetisation on November 8, 2016. Unlike government-run hospitals, private hospitals have not been allowed to use defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.…

India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Inside India’s Blood Black Market

Inside India’s Blood Black Market

The first part of this series revealed how 14,474 cases of HIV infection through blood transfusion have been reported in India in the last seven years, and that the government has not even begun to address the crisis. In this second and concluding part, IndiaSpend looks at why the chances of an HIV patient in India having acquired the virus through blood transfusion are 3,000 times higher than in the US.…

14,474 Cases Of HIV Through Blood Transfusion, But Govt Denies Crisis

14,474 Cases Of HIV Through Blood Transfusion, But Govt Denies Crisis

Over the last seven years, 14,747 cases of HIV through blood transfusion have been reported in India. But the government says it has yet to conduct an inquiry into or a study on the crisis. On World AIDS Day, in the first of a two-part series, IndiaSpend takes a close look at why the country is unable to control a problem that developed nations no longer report.…

In Last Moments Of Life, Indian Women Less Likely To Get Medical Attention

In Last Moments Of Life, Indian Women Less Likely To Get Medical Attention

  More Indian men are likely to be admitted to hospital during the last moments of life than women–62…

157 Million Indians Without Toilets = 8 Olympic-Sized Pools of Poo Daily

157 Million Indians Without Toilets = 8 Olympic-Sized Pools of Poo Daily

Despite constructing 26.6 million individual household toilets, 81,014 community toilets and 23,788 public toilets since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in 2014, 37% of Indians still do not have access to proper sanitation.…

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Jayalalithaa’s Legacy: Industrial, Social, Crime Rankings Among India’s Best

Jayalalithaa’s Legacy: Industrial, Social, Crime Rankings Among India’s Best

Tamil Nadu’s 19th chief minister (she was also the 11th, 14th, 16th and 18th) J Jayalalithaa, who died on December 5, 2016, was known for gifting her 72 million people a record set of freebies, but she also leaves behind a state that ranks among India’s best in many social, crime and industrial indicators.…

Demonetisation Doesn’t Dent BJP Hold In Maharashtra, Gujarat

Demonetisation Doesn’t Dent BJP Hold In Maharashtra, Gujarat

In the first state-wide election after demonetisation announced on November 8, 2016, the BJP won 893 out of 3,705 seats in the first phase of Maharashtra’s municipal council elections, and 86 out of the 94 seats in the election to municipal councils and taluka panchayat in Gujarat.…

As Congress Twitter Accounts Hacked, Cyber Crime Up 26 Times In Decade

As Congress Twitter Accounts Hacked, Cyber Crime Up 26 Times In Decade

As many as 11,592 cases of cyber crime were reported across India in 2015, nearly 26 times more than a decade ago in 2006 when 453 cases were reported, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau. Of these, 8,045 were filed under the IT Act, 3,422 under the IPC and 125 under Special and Local Laws.…

Students In Literate States Lead Spike In Indian Protests

Students In Literate States Lead Spike In Indian Protests

  Bengaluru: States with higher literacy levels report more protests, and nearly half of these protests were led by political parties, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of police data over six years…

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