Mumbai’s Biggest Killer Is Tuberculosis

  JP Davidson    Tuberculosis, it seems, is the biggest killer in Mumbai, with 7,075 people succumbing to the disease last year. TB was followed by hypertension, leading to 4,525 deaths in 2013-14. These are some of the findings of Praja Foundation, an advocacy group based in Mumbai, which looked at records from government hospitals/dispensaries through a Right To … Continued

SAARC Summit: Making Friends Of Enemies

  (The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, at the 18th SAARC Summit, in Nepal on November 27, 2014.)   Apart from the photo-op between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) … Continued

Some Good News On Infrastructure

Mumbai’s citizens may be generally vexed with their megapolis’s growing traffic, pollution and crime, but it has actually done reasonably well in one aspect—infrastructure projects under a national scheme.   Mumbai has completed 13 of 26 projects, valued at Rs 2,873.4 crore, financed by the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). … Continued

BLOG: Easier Finding God Than A Home In Pricey Mumbai

  I’ve often heard house hunters say that finding God is easier than finding a house in Mumbai.   That epigram recently sprung to life when I decided it was time to buy my own apartment in Bombay. I had, after all, been working for eight years, was drawing what many would term a decent … Continued

World’s Most Densely Populated City Spreads North

  Mumbai is projected to become the fourth largest city in the world after Tokyo, Delhi and Shanghai by 2030, from the sixth largest in 1990. But in terms of population growth within the metropolis, the adjoining districts are growing faster than the main metropolitan region.   Among the districts, 8.3% of Maharashtra’s population lived … Continued

Kashmir’s High Voter Turnout: Warning From 1987

  The first phase of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a turnout of more than 71%. This is the highest over the past 18 years (assembly elections in J&K are held every six years).   The high participation of voters, despite the boycott calls by separatist groups and the recent floods, is … Continued

BLOG: The BEST Bus Struggles To Keep Pace

  My memorable first ride on a Mumbai bus was as easy as 123. Literally.   That was the route number of the BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) bus that I rode frequently with my parents when I was a child. It was a picturesque and historic journey, made immensely pleasurable by the fact … Continued

Mumbai Has India’s Best Healthcare. It Isn’t Enough

  Mumbai has India’s best public-health infrastructures—by far—yet it needs to at least double its medical personnel and health facilities to be able to serve its underserved citizens, an Indiaspend analysis has revealed.   State and municipal hospitals are short by 26% of health-care workers and nurses and by 44% of doctors, according to the … Continued

Mumbai Roads Not Deadly—By Indian Standards

  Greater Mumbai, with a population of nearly 18 million people, witnessed more than 23,500 road accidents in 2013, the most of any Indian city.   Mumbai was followed by Chennai with 9,705 and Delhi with 7,566 accidents. But Mumbai’s roads are not particularly deadly; the city had fewer fatal accidents compared to Chennai. Delhi … Continued

BLOG: 5 Things To Know Before Boarding A “Local”

Before I came to Mumbai in April 2013 from the Himalayan hill town of Nainital, my commute to work was a 30-minute, bracing walk in the mountain chill and charm. So, as I contemplated climbing aboard a Mumbai commuter train for the 10-km, 20-minute journey to work, my friends and family had one helpful suggestion—don’t … Continued