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.   Over 22 years of unprecedented economic growth (1991 to 2013), less … Continued ...

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.   Over 22 years of unprecedented economic growth (1991 to 2013), less … Continued ...

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 … Continued

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

Borewell rigs are often seen in India’s hinterlands, as groundwater levels plunge, with little or no chance of recharge.   Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Delhi: Five years ago, when Ramakant Desai, 55, hired a drilling rig to sink a borewell to irrigate his maize fields, he struck water at 200 ft. Today, the rig he hires must … Continued

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Demonstrators from the Jat community shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi, India. A violent week-long agitation by the community demanding classification as a “backward” caste has left 19 dead, vehicles and railway stations burnt, and the army deployed.   Sonipat, Gurgaon, New Delhi: Square-jawed, cleft chin and hair untidily spiked, Vikas Thakaran glowered … Continued

70% Of Urban India’s Sewage Is Untreated

  There are four years left for the government target of ensuring all Indians use toilets, but in urban India alone, no more than 30% of sewage generated by 377 million people flows through treatment plants.   The rest is randomly dumped in rivers, seas, lakes and wells, polluting three-fourths of the country’s water bodies, … Continued

70% Of Urban India's Sewage Is Untreated

  There are four years left for the government target of ensuring all Indians use toilets, but in urban India alone, no more than 30% of sewage generated by 377 million people flows through treatment plants.   The rest is randomly dumped in rivers, seas, lakes and wells, polluting three-fourths of the country’s water bodies, … Continued

Chubby, Affluent: India’s New Face of Malnutrition

  Broadening girths are expanding India’s battle against malnutrition, a new Indian study has revealed, setting off a host of so-called lifestyle ailments.   This is happening as India fights a losing battle with the bulge, hosting as it does the third-most number of obese people in the world, 61 million and growing.   Malnutrition … Continued

In 5 Years, Threat Of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Doubles

The pathogen Escherichia coli attached to the wall of a cell.   A 72-year-old woman in Bengaluru consulted a hospital physician about a severe skin infection and fever. She had previously consulted a couple of general practitioners, who prescribed a course of penicillin for three days and fluoroquinolones—both antibiotics—for two days.   There was no … Continued