How Dengue Has Breached India’s Class Barriers

A health worker fumigates a residential area to prevent the spread of dengue fever in Chandigarh on September 20, 2015.   As the current dengue epidemic in Delhi and other urban areas of India such as Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore indicates, a once-obscure disease of poor neighbourhoods has become a great leveller, affecting and scaring … Continued

Verbal Jugglery Lets 86% Indian Households Have ‘Safe Drinking Water’

  About 86% of Indian households have access to “safe drinking water”, according to official data, yet diarrhoea—associated with contaminated drinking water —is common across India and is responsible for 10% of all deaths among children under five, according to the World Health Organization.   The definition of “safe drinking water” explains this conundrum and helps … Continued