Demonetisation Doesn’t Dent BJP Hold In Maharashtra, Gujarat

Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party celebrate the party’s performance in the first phase of Maharashtra’s municipal council elections held on November 28,2016. Despite the negative impact on the rural economy of #Notebandi, it does not seem to have affected the elections. In the first state-wide election after demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi … Continued

Over 17 years, Same 5 States Hobble Sanitation Mission

  Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand are the worst performing states under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), which will celebrate its second anniversary on October 2, 2016, with fanfare.   No more than 23% households in these five states use toilets, as on September 28, 2016, an increase of only 2% over 15 … Continued

As Human Trafficking Rises 60%, 6 Reasons New Bill Falls Short

Destitute girls study in a school’s anti-trafficking unit run by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata. Human-trafficking cases rose from 3,422 to 5,486 between 2010 and 2014, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.   Every day, 15 Indians are traded against their will to be, among other things, sexual … Continued

More Girls Studying, But 84% Drop Out After Graduation

  While more young women are enrolled in higher education than ever before–and apparently more successful in clearing 10th-standard board exams than young men–they are either marrying early or not finding or not looking for jobs, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various data.   The enrolment of girls in higher education increased from 39% … Continued