The Amazing Story Of India’s Trade With China

  China recently invited India to join its Silk Road Project,an initiative by Chinese President Xi Jinping to promote and revive traditional trade ties.   The move is seen as positive but exposes a larger challenge. The trade deficit between the two nations stands at $36 billion, against India. Moreover, it’s the composition of this … Continued

Why Slowing FDI Is A Concern & An Opportunity

  The Union Budget on 10th July is expected to set the ball rolling for discussions on what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government will do to spur investment and growth in a weak economy.   Economic growth slowed down from almost 7.5% in 2004-05 to 4.7% in 2013-14 during … Continued

India’s Death Rate Falling But Rural Urban Divide High

          All talk of India’s expanding population is laced with various reasons including high fertility, migration, better availability of food etc. One oft-cited reason is also the falling death rate.  And while India has seen its decadal death rate decline to 8.5 in 2001-2011 from 42.6 in 1901-1911, it is still … Continued

Chart: A Look At Global Military Expenditure

  A recent report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) highlights that global military expenditure fell 1.9% in real terms to $1,747 billion in 2013, making it the second consecutive year of fall in expenditure.   Interestingly, the total expenditure of the top 15 countries comprised 80% of the overall global military expenditure.   … Continued

Chart: India Ahead of Japan in PPP Terms

A new report by the International Comparison (ICP) released on April 29, 2014 has placed India ahead of Japan in terms of purchasing power parity.   As per the report that covered 199 economies, the top economies are the United States, China, India, Japan, Germany and the Russian Federation.   The data showed that the … Continued

India Ranks 102 Out Of 132 Nations On Social Development Index

  “A society which fails to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, erodes the environment, and limits opportunity for its citizens is not succeeding. Economic growth without social progress results in lack of inclusion, discontent, and social unrest”.   A recent report by the Social Progress Index (SPI) rates … Continued

Plotting Asia’s Worst Air Accidents

As the world continues to search for the missing Malaysian airplane MH-370, IndiaSpend decided to do a analysis of the worst airplane accidents in Asia, as per data compiled by Aviation Safety Network.     The red buttons on the map show the location of the air accidents and are clickable. The data has been … Continued