4 Things That Could Change India In 2016

  More people will be literate, on the Internet, linked to the national identification scheme and likely to receive electricity, especially from alternative-energy sources. The new year has many things to unveil for the world’s fastest growing economy. We picked four:   1. Aadhaar to reach a billion people, bring banking to villages, cutting-edge tech … Continued

5 Things India Had Going For It

Temsutula Imsong wants to see a clean India, and, along with Darshika Shah, cleaned some of the filthiest ghats in Varanasi.   Amid a year of conflict and controversy, India had some good things going.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to global leaders, set in motion reforms and launched several initiatives to boost … Continued

Five Things That Should Worry India

  1. With growth rate of 0.2% and 600 million Indians depending on it, agriculture remains in crisis   The year 2015 began with unseasonal rainfall that damaged crops across 18 million hectares of farmland— about 30% of the rabi (winter) crop—according to a government estimate.   Farmer suicides in Bundelkhand region in southeastern Uttar … Continued

2015: A Good Year For Defence—Or Was It?

  The year 2015 witnessed a hike of nearly 10% in India’s defence budget, from Rs. 2.2 lakh crore ($33 billion) in 2014-15 to Rs. 2.4 lakh crore ($36 billion).   Money for capital expenditure—to buy new equipment—rose 15% over the previous year, but much of this was set aside for expensive imports, as this … Continued ...

Your Guide To Hindus, Muslims And Intolerance

  What was the intolerance debate that roiled India this year about?   * Was it about the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders–and Hindu villagers— declaring that a 50-year-old Muslim lynched to death on suspicion of eating beef deserved it?   * Was it about the Shiv Sena–one half of the ruling alliance in … Continued