Fact Check: Narendra Modi on Decline in Tourists to Rajasthan

Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, while campaigning in Rajasthan recently, claimed that tourist arrivals in the state have declined.   We looked at data from the Ministry of Tourism.   Both domestic as well as foreign tourists visiting Rajasthan has increased over the last three years. Domestic tourists increased from … Continued

No Prizes For Guessing Which State Has Highest Literacy Rate In India

  • Kerala has highest literacy level in India (93.91%) while Bihar has the lowest (63.82%) rate.   • Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Bihar, Tripura, Jharkhand see largest change in literacy rates.   •Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have low literacy rates in India.   •Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Tripura, Goa, Daman & Diu and … Continued

IndiaSpend Debates: CRISIL: The State of the States Report

  Did you know that Punjab is the most prosperous state in India and Madhya Pradesh the least? This is in the context of consumer durables, according to the latest report by ratings agency Crisil titled Prosperity & Equality.   Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend, spoke to D K Joshi, chief economist, Crisil, about the report … Continued

Meet The Guys Who Really Commit Bank Fraud

  How honest are bankers as a tribe ? Okay, let’s put that question differently: who are the people who are most likely to commit fraud in a bank? To that, there is an answer emerging, at least in the Indian context.   At a recent public event, Dr K C Chakravarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve … Continued

Fact Check: No Development in Madhya Pradesh In Last 10 Years?

  At a recent campaign meeting, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi attacked the opposition-ruled Madhya Pradesh Government over its claims of providing good governance.   Here’s what she said:  “There were only talks of development in Madhya Pradesh but many children died of malnutrition. Crimes against women have increased and farmers have committed … Continued

Are We Getting A Grip On Natural Disasters?

  The cloud burst in Uttarakhand in June 2013 led to over 780 lives being lost. India’s ability to react seemed severely tested.   Until Cyclone Phailin arrived on the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in November 2013, and the tide turned, quite literally. Government services were better prepared for the cyclone and its … Continued

Delhi Climbs The Social Indicator Index But Struggles With Crime

  Highlights* Delhi’s gross state domestic product (GSDP@ current prices) grew year on year at a mean average of 16% (using arithmetic mean method) since 1998.   *The average growth rate of 10.3% at (constant prices 2004-05) between 2005-06 to 2012-13 and average growth rate of 5.4% at (constant prices 1999-2000 prices) from 1999-2000 to 2003-04.   … Continued

Should the judiciary intervene in clinical trials?

Clinical trials have been facing some adverse reactions and scrutiny for a while with the matter now before the Supreme Court. One of the big question that is being asked is should the Supreme Court or the judiciary have intervened in an issue, which could have well been addressed by the drug regulator or a … Continued