Fact Check: Does Gujarat Have Highest Per-Capita Debt?

Congress general secretary and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijay Singh claimed recently that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Gujarat has the highest per-capita debt in the country.   As an immediate retort, BJP claimed that the per capita debt in Gujarat is lower at Rs 23,000 than the national average of Rs 33,000.   Both are … Continued

Fact Check: Are There More Muslim Undertrials In Indian Jails?

  India’s Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde recently addressed a letter to the Chief Ministers of different states, urging them not to wrongfully detain ‘Muslim’ youth in cases. He later clarified that comment saying that the letter meant all innocent youth being harassed by the police.   IndiaSpend decided to Fact Check his statement … Continued

Fact Check: Did The NDA Government Really Quadruple Forex Reserves?

Piyush Goyal, Rajya Sabha MP and national treasurer of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), claimed on the social media website  Twitter(@PiyushGoyalBJP), that the BJP-led NDA Government had “quadrupled forex reserves and had 3 years of current account surplus.”   While the circumstances are dramatically different and external factors obviously had a role to play in many … Continued

Fact Check: Who Built More Highways? NDA or UPA?

There have been charges and counter-charges between the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA about the progress (or lack of it) of road projects during the last few years.   While BJP claims that road building has come to a virtual stand-still under the UPA, the Congress is countering that more projects are being executed … Continued

Education & Suicide – What’s The Connection?

Mumbai Police Commissioner Dr Satyapal Singh recently said: “In Mumbai, if there are 150 murders, there are eight times (more) suicides and all the perpetrators are educated people. I have never seen an uneducated person committing suicide.” IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve decided to do a Fact Check on the claim, and find the link between suicides and … Continued

Is Malnutrition In Gujarat Worse Than Sub Sahara?

Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India & formerly a Supreme Court judge, cited several data points to highlight the issue of child malnutrition in Gujarat. This he did recently on his blog   Justice Katju wrote and we quote:   “Child malnutrition at 48 % in Gujarat is higher than the … Continued

Modi, Contrary To Opposition Claims, Is Delivering On Jobs

Gujarat goes to polls this week and political parties are leaving no stones unturned in their attempt to woo some 37.8 million voters in the state for the 182-seat state assembly.   IndiaSpend had earlier reported on how Gujarat has progressed on the economic front but how the social indicators are still to reflect that … Continued

Can Maharashtra Really Be Power Sufficient By 2013?

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan claimed last week that the state would be free of power cuts by the end of this year.  IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve looked at the current power situation of the state, and asks if this promise can indeed be fulfilled by 2013.   Maharashtra’s power landscape is like this. It had … Continued

Is RTI Scaring Off India Inc?

The Right To Information (RTI) Act has been in the news lately. The UPA government was forced recently to pull back proposed amendments to narrow the scope of information subject to RTI requests.   Interestingly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been a very vocal supporter of limiting the type of information allowed by the law. … Continued