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

Unfinished: 95.8% Of Homeless Shelters In India’s Richest State

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that houses for the homeless by 2022 should be a national mission. IndiaSpend, in anearlier report, had estimated the government needs to build about 60,000 houses each year until 2022 to achieve for its mission of housing for all.   But until that begins, there is another major problem that needs … Continued

Why 150 Million Rural Indians Could Be Affected By Job Losses

  India’s new government has apparently decided to restructure the United Progressive Alliance’s flagship anti-poverty programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). The scheme confers the right to every rural household to be employed in public works for 100 days per year.   There are three reasons why the government wants to … Continued

Maharashtra CM Faces 22 Riot Cases, Crime Accused Pack Assembly

  (Maharashtra BJP president and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with other party leaders)   *Devendra Fadnavis, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister, has 22 charges of rioting registered against him.   * Jitendra Ahwad—the only member of the legislative assembly (MLA) with a doctorate—of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has 15 criminal cases against … Continued

Faltering, Falling Behind: India’s Higher Education System

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently urged doctors at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to stay back and serve their country. The call highlights some of the larger challenges in India’s higher-education system.   And some surprising data across the board, including, somewhat depressingly in research: For instance, while 80% of students were enrolled … 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

31 Things That Can Save Dying Indian Mothers

  A 12-point checklist created for airline pilots to check human errors during flying inspired a similar list for Indian health workers, leading, in a test, to a drastic fall in the number of mothers who die during childbirth. The new health checklist, which includes simple procedures, such as washing hands and holding a baby … Continued