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Healthcare Major Portion Of USAID Funding To India, AIDS Funding Rises

Drawing down aid is a tricky subject, particularly when there is some concern whether developed countries should lend to fast-growth, developing countries like India.   Interestingly, its countries like Japan…

Uttar Pradesh’s Sorry Record Of Custodial Deaths

The issue of custodial and encounter deaths have come back into focus in light of the Ishrat Jahan controversy. The controversy surrounds the 2004 killing of a 19-year-old girl by…

India’s Borrowings Are Rising & From Tougher Lenders

India’s borrowings from the global markets are increasing and the ratio of the country’s foreign exchange reserves to total foreign currency debt is declining. Would that be cause for worry,…

How Gujaratis Love Gujarat (And Other Migration Stories)

India has always witnessed a fair amount of internal migration. Over the years, the patterns have become fairly predictable, mostly rural to urban areas and from poorer, more populous states…

Extreme State Kerala

Kerala, God’s Own Country, is a sharp study of contrasts.   * Out of a population of 33.38 million as per Census 2011, 16.02 million (48%) are males and 17.36…

How Women Are Increasingly Winning Parliamentary Elections In India & World Over

Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature.   When…

How Violent Crimes In Bengal Doubled In The 4 Years Before Mamata

West Bengal’s deteriorating law and order has proved a major embarrassment for Mamata Banerjee, who came to power with the promise of better governance and improved law and order.  …