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The Trouble With India’s $22 Billion Toilet Gamble

The Trouble With India’s $22 Billion Toilet Gamble

  The Narendra Modi Government has announced that Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) has to be a mass movement to make India open defecation free in five years. By spending Rs 1.34 lakh…

Will Modi Wave Work In Rural Maharashtra?

Will Modi Wave Work In Rural Maharashtra?

  With the break-up of the two major alliances in Maharashtra, the political contest is now open between five major parties.  As we have seen in our earlier report, a…

Arithmetic, Not Love Jihad, Explains BJP’s Reverses

Arithmetic, Not Love Jihad, Explains BJP’s Reverses

Over the last few weeks, the newly anointed BJP president, Amit Shah, has been the recipient of unsolicited and incessant sermonising from pundits of civil society about the reasons for…

Maids, Labourers, Guards: India’s Main Job Hopes

Maids, Labourers, Guards: India’s Main Job Hopes

  During his triumphal speech to the Indian diaspora at Madison Square Garden in New York last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of the talent of Indian youth, exemplified…

Maharashtra: A Political, Cultural Fragmentation Looms

Maharashtra: A Political, Cultural Fragmentation Looms

    The most intriguing question in political sociology is: How does an individual voter make a decision as to whom to vote. Hundreds and thousands of research papers, field…

Jan Dhan: Narendra Modi’s Speed Problem

Jan Dhan: Narendra Modi’s Speed Problem

(Mumbai autorickshaw driver Arjun Dubey has applied for a bank account under the Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana. He said he opened the account only to receive government subsidies.)   MUMBAI: Hanumant…

Bundelkhand Farm Loans: Deadlier Than Home Loans

Bundelkhand Farm Loans: Deadlier Than Home Loans

(“Villages in Bundelkhand are poor, hot and dry. Farmers depend mainly on rainfall, which has been unpredictable for more than five years”)   Banda (Uttar Pradesh): Almost a year ago,…