Why Toilets Remain Aspirational For India’s Urban Poor Despite Subsidies

Mumbai: A 65% shortfall in subsidies is affecting Maharashtra’s push to ensure a toilet in every urban household under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the nationwide cleanliness campaign, according to a ...

US Position On India’s Subsidies To Farmers Has ‘Infirmities’: Trade Expert

Mumbai: The July 2018 announcement of minimum support prices (MSP)--or subsidies that the government pays the farmer--for the kharif (monsoon) crop may see a battle at the World Trade Organization (WT...

Abuse Of Children In India’s Institutions Reveals Nationwide Crisis Of Reform

New Delhi: She has no memory of her early childhood, no recollection of her biological parents and no idea of how or why she got separated from them when she was about three years old. What she do...

With A ‘Normal’ Monsoon Set To Depart, Drought-Like Conditions In 37% Districts In India

New Delhi: The possibility of a drought looms over 251 districts of India, mainly in the east, northeast and south, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of rainfall data for 2018. Karnataka declared...

Host Of Private Companies, Organisations Shut Out Of Aadhaar, But Identity Law Stands

Mumbai: Private entities cannot demand Aadhaar data to authenticate identity. Individuals must be allowed to file complaints against the use of their data. Information can be accessed for matters of n...

Why Compensation For Wildlife Attacks Works Against Its Aims In India

New Delhi: The small town of Pandharkawada lies 150 km south of Nagpur in eastern Maharashtra. Surrounded by forest and agricultural fields, this off-the-map town is in the news: A young predator tigr...

India Risking Economic Future By Underinvesting In Health, Education: New Study

Mumbai: Poor quality education and the relatively high prevalence of certain diseases amongst the population means India is risking its future economic growth by underinvesting in two key areas import...

Rural Households Have Just Enough Monthly Surplus To Buy A Ceiling Fan

Mumbai: Rs 1,413: That’s the average monthly surplus available to a rural Indian home, whether a farm or non-farm household--enough to buy a ceiling fan, but this money must be used to repay loans a...

‘Through Our Ignorance, We Are Branding Everything Concerning Islam As Anti-Women’

Mumbai: In July 2018, when the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) announced its intention to expand a little-known 25-year-old network of around 50 darul qazas (counselling centres based on ...

India’s Fast-Tracked Wildlife Clearances Threaten Last Wild Areas, Water Sources And Hasten Climate Change

Melghat Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra) and New Delhi: In the middle of the railway tracks that cut through the core of Maharashtra’s Melghat Tiger Reserve in the forested heart of India, lay a blob of ...