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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.…

24% India’s MPs/MLAs Say They Don’t Need To Pay Tax Or Have No Income

24% India’s MPs/MLAs Say They Don’t Need To Pay Tax Or Have No Income

In tax returns filed a year before they were elected, 72% BJP and Congress MPs and MLAs claimed they earn less than Rs 10 lakh, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of affidavits of 4,848 (of 4,910) MPs and MLAs.…

UP: Women Winning Fewer Elections, Losing Deposits In Larger Numbers

UP: Women Winning Fewer Elections, Losing Deposits In Larger Numbers

UP was the first Indian state to have a female CM, back in 1963. But these pioneering efforts have not improved prospects for women in elections. As voter turnout has risen, more competitors have stood against women candidates, fewer women have won and a growing number have lost their deposits.…

65% Indian Women Literate, 5% Have Sole Control Over Choosing Their Husband

65% Indian Women Literate, 5% Have Sole Control Over Choosing Their Husband

Though more females are literate today, many women in India don’t have the freedom to make decisions about visiting a health care center or the neighborhood grocery story, based on Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) survey data from 2012.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

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.…

#Elections2017: New Worries Creep Into Seemingly Healthy Goa

#Elections2017: New Worries Creep Into Seemingly Healthy Goa

Despite having one of India’s best public healthcare systems, Goans are dipping into household savings or taking loans to pay for private healthcare. Over a decade, more women are anaemic, more children wasted, and while Goa has one of India’s best sex ratios, in many urban areas, the sex ratio is now among India’s worst. Fourth in our six-part series.…

#Elections2017: More Wasted Children, Anaemic Men, Women Than Before In Once Robust Punjab

#Elections2017: More Wasted Children, Anaemic Men, Women Than Before In Once Robust Punjab

Punjab has India’s second-lowest health spending per capita and mostly worsening health indicators. One in four Punjabi children is stunted and 16% are wasted. Its government hospitals offer only as many beds as poorer states and absenteeism among staff is high, driving its citizens to private healthcare.…

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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.…