Needed For Indian Schools: Students & Teachers

  The good news for Indian primary school education is that larger Indian states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are now building adequate infrastructure for primary and secondary schools.   The bad news is that access to schools is still a major challenge for children as is the availability of teachers, acute in states … Continued

Rural India Continues To Outvote Urban India

  In one of our pre-election reports, we looked at 20 most rural and urban constituencies to understand voting patterns.   We also looked at the difference in percentage points in the highest and lowest rural and urban voter participation.   The 2014 elections saw a record voter turnout of 66% as against 58% in … Continued

Look Carefully Where India’s Young Voters Are

  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

How Many Murderers Are We Electing To Parliament?

India has a large proportion of criminals in politics who also get elected through the democratic process.   The latest statistics following the recent Lok Sabha elections stand like this: there are 186 Members of Parliament (MPs) who have criminal cases against them, nearly 34% of the total elected MPs. This number is the highest … Continued

Women Outvoted Men in 16 States/UTs

More women are turning out to vote, mostly to elect men it would appear. While there are only 61 women Members of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha, women voters turned out in large numbers across the country to exercise their franchise in the just concluded parliamentary elections.   Over 260 million women voters exercised … Continued

Modi Win Shows Path To Parliament Is Through 11 States

  The venerated mathematician Nassim Taleb popularised the term “Black Swan” to describe an event that occurs outside the realm of normal expectations and has an extreme impact on the present and future. And human nature naively tries to concoct explanations for these events, post facto. The origin of the phrase traces back to a … Continued

South India To Congress Rescue….Again

Is it time for the Congress leadership to listen to politicians from Karnataka and Kerala? In an election when the party could not win even a single seat in almost 8 states, Karnataka has elected nine Congress MPs and Kerala eight Congress MPs.  Out of the 44 elected Congress MPs, that is nearly 39%.   … Continued

Govt Focus Should Be On Agriculture: Congress’ Laxman Singh

Laxman Singh, Congress candidate from Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, feels agricultural output has to be increased to benefit farmers. A key challenge for the area, Singh feels, would be to make it an educational hub.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, which has exclusive updates of the candidates contesting … Continued

Employment At Local Level Key Challenge: AAP’s Alok Agrawal

Alok Agrawal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, feels the entry of foreign companies has affected the domestic industry and the challenge would be to ensure employment at the local level. He also feels that the public education system needs to be improved to ensure access to all sections of the society. … Continued