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Modi Is Right. To Stop School Dropouts, Fix The Toilets

Modi Is Right. To Stop School Dropouts, Fix The Toilets

Note: the left scale refers to the Sanitation metric while the right scale refers to Retention rate Source: DISE Reports 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, Data on retention rates…

A No-Brainer: Subsidies Or Human Development?

A No-Brainer: Subsidies Or Human Development?

How can the Government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, save over Rs 75,000 crore every year? Simple: use technology and rationalise subsidies.   Economist Ajay Shah argued in his…

The Attempt To Build A New India-China Relationship Rests On Shaky Foundations

The Attempt To Build A New India-China Relationship Rests On Shaky Foundations

(Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady of China Peng Liyuan at Sabarmati waterfront in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on September 17, 2014.)   “China’s interests have…

More Girls Are Being Adopted. The Good News Ends There

More Girls Are Being Adopted. The Good News Ends There

  Outside a temple in the holy town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, a two-day-old girl was abandoned on August 22, a common-enough occurrence across India. Indeed, five days later, a four-day-old…

Anger In Coal-Rich Orissa District Reflects India’s Flawed Mining Policies

Anger In Coal-Rich Orissa District Reflects India’s Flawed Mining Policies

(On a rainy September day, locals living atop some of India’s richest coal seams in central Odisha make their way to a public hearing about a coal mine planned on…

Floods Grab Headlines But India’s Deadliest, Most Unknown Killer Is Lightning

Floods Grab Headlines But India’s Deadliest, Most Unknown Killer Is Lightning

  The devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir, the worst in the state in 60 years, caused due to heavy rains, have already claimed 175 lives. Over the last 11 years…

Who Is Doing Better? Bharat? India?

Who Is Doing Better? Bharat? India?

“India’s future lies in its villages.” While that view of Mahatma Gandhi has been gradually rejected over the decades, new Government data reveal that rural India is, on many important…