There is a great deal of focus now on education outcomes. Given this trend, the following figures might come as a surprise. When it comes to primary education, the north eastern state of Assam, which has an overall literacy rate of 72.19%, is ranked No 1 in outcomes at the primary school level, … Continued
Did India’s first-time voters really deliver in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections? The answer is no but there is another angle for the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider: states with relatively low development (defined below) also have a high proportion of young voters. This is … Continued
With India’s general elections just 10 days away, there is a hue and cry about women participation in the electoral process. A recent IndiaSpend report found that there has been literally no change in the proportion of women voters over the last 40 years. So what affects women voting patterns? What are the other … Continued
Absolute numbers are good because they show where you stand when compared to a point in time earlier. But then, targets cannot always be absolute. Absolute numbers may look good in education but if you compare what India has achieved, in areas like higher education enrolment or literacy, to other developing countries, it’s a … Continued
The chart below highlights which states have the lowest literacy levels in India. States of Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Odisha have literacy rates below the All-India level of 74%.