In 3 Months, Swine Flu Deaths Top Worst Annual Toll

  The H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu, has claimed 1,947 lives and infected 32,663 people across India according to official data (as on March 23, 2015).   In less than three months this year, the toll has crossed the 2010 peak of 1,763 deaths.   Source: PIB/Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; *Figures … Continued

Devendra Fadnavis: What His Resume Reveals

Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis has written no best-sellers but “How To Understand and Read the State Budget”, one of his three books, all in Marathi, indicates he has thought deeply about the formidable job that he took charge of today, amid much pomp and splendour at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.   At 44, Maharashtra’s 18th chief minister … Continued

That Rs 500 Note In Your Wallet Could Be Fake

  (RBI highlights features to be watched for identifying counterfeit notes)   On 26th October, 2014, Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers seized counterfeit notes worth nearly Rs 15 lakh from a border outpost in West Bengal’s Malda district. Counterfeiting has emerged as a new challenge to the government, a form of economic terrorism, say experts. … Continued

In Urbanising Maharashtra, Massive Task Ahead For BJP

  With poor service delivery and infrastructure in our cities, it is vital for the new Maharashtra government to equip its local bodies with the necessary resources to improve the quality of life of its citizens.   In the coming years Maharashtra is set to become India’s most urbanized state, and with no mention of … Continued

Have Maharashtra Elections Also Finished Independents?

Independent candidates have always been the “fun” part of the Indian elections, and the recently concluded Maharashtra assembly elections were no different. 1,699 independents contested the elections this time as against 1,820 candidates during the 2009 elections.   While 24 independents were successful last time (i.e. a success ratio of 8% when compared with the … Continued

5 Factors That Decided Haryana, Maharashtra Elections

  (BJP president Amit Shah with party workers in New Delhi after the announcement of the results of Haryana and Maharashtra.)   What messages did the voters of Haryana and Maharashtra send out? From the election results of October 19, 2014, here are five of the most important factors in their decision:   1. The … Continued

Maharashtra’s Time Of Promises—And More Promises

  Monorails. Free wifi. Ambulances. New universities. Free medicines. More electricity. Junking heritage laws.   The sweep of promises is wide and varied in Maharashtra as more than83 million voters get set to cast their vote tomorrow for a new 288-member legislative assembly.   Opinion polls predict there may not be a fractured mandate. Is … Continued

Will Modi Wave Work In Rural Maharashtra?

  With the break-up of the two major alliances in Maharashtra, the political contest is now open between five major parties.  As we have seen in our earlier report, a major challenge before the parties is to address two kinds of voters – those living in urban Maharashtra and in the most developed cities of … Continued

BJP Wildly Exaggerates Irrigation Claims, Right On Farmer Deaths In Maharashtra

With Maharashtra assembly polls only 10 days away, opposition parties are questioning the policies of the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government. In one such ad that highlights farmer suicides and low irrigation capacity in the state, the BJP has accused the government of causing deaths/suicides of over 50,000 farmers and “pocketing” Rs 70,000 crore in the name of irrigation … Continued