51% Indians Now Live In BJP-Ruled States, Down From 2017 Peak of 71%

Mumbai: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) losing power in three Hindi-heartland states--Madhya Pradesh (MP), Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh--the population under BJP rule has dropped by 254 million, f...

Taking Over Fertile Land For Adani Group From Protesting Farmers, Jharkhand Government Manipulates New Law Meant To Protect Them

.fluid-width-video-wrapper { display: inherit !important; } Santal Adivasi farmers fall at the feet on Adani personnel on August 31, 2018, begging the company to not take their land. C...

#ChhattisgarhElections: 145 Candidates Have Criminal Cases Against Them, 285 Are Crorepatis

Mumbai: As many as 145 out of 1,256 candidates (12%) contesting the 2018 Chhattisgarh assembly elections analysed have declared criminal cases against themselves and 98 candidates have “serious” c...

As India’s Poor, Tribal Heartland Votes Today, Widespread Unrest Over BJP Failure To Settle Land And Forest Claims

Sarguja, Balrampur, Surajapur, Bastar & Dantewada (Chhattisgarh): Deep in the forested heart of eastern-central India, at the clearing of the Hasdeo Arand forest, paddy farmer Nanasaheb Armo (58) ...

Smartphones For Women In Rural Chhattisgarh Could Transform Lives–If Men Do Not Interfere

Ringni village, Durg district (Chhattisgarh): In a remote village in Chhattisgarh, over 200 women lined up outside a government office, each holding a small, orange ticket. One by one, they shuffled i...

Do Stable State Governments Perform Better? The Chhattisgarh Story

Highlights:*Chhattisgarh agriculture and allied growth was 7.2% while All-India growth was 3.9% *Chhattisgarh has highest percentage of people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) according to the latest Tendulkar Committee Estimates Report (2013) *The 2011 India Human Development Report of the Planning Commission of India ranks Chhattisgarh the lowest among the Indian states.   Are stable … Continued ...

Rajasthan’s Giant Solar Power Leap

The bad news; Only 25% of the target set for solar power generation has been met in Phase 1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which ends next year, i.e. 2013. India needs to do more if it wants to harness solar power.   The interesting news: one state, Rajasthan, has commissioned and undertaken … Continued

Urbanisation Sounds Great But Who Has The Money To Fund It?

Most planners and economy watchers would argue for greater and faster urbanisation. Many, however, would not be aware of the largely dismal condition of state and urban local body finances which could potentially support the great shift.  Moreover, as IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve finds out, effectively, only 5 states in India have the financial and administrative … Continued

A Grid Failure Draws Attention To Chronic Shortages

A major grid power failure in India’s Northern Grid late Sunday (July 29, 2012) night affected at least 7 states badly. This in turn crippled services across the region, including the Railways. IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick does a quick demand-supply report and finds that other regions of India, notably, the South, face similar peaking power gaps. … Continued

India’s Top Green Spend States; Chhattisgarh & Madhya Pradesh

Not that it might be a burning concern at this point but do you know which Indian states could lead the spending sweepstakes in tackling climate change and diminishing forest cover?   IndiaSpend’s Danielle Collaco filed a Right To Information (RTI) with the Ministry of Environment & Forests to find that Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & … Continued