Indian Women Facing Domestic Violence Find Succour At Government Hospital Crisis Centres

Mumbai: For years, Rima Chari’s life involved hospital trips, the consequence of eight childbirths and frequent visits to treat the injuries caused by her husband’s beatings. The last time Cha...

‘India On Track To Achieve Open Defecation-Free Status Earlier Than October 2019 Deadline’

Mumbai: The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014, to change the behaviour towards usage of toilets, and ensuring ‘Clean India’ or Swachh Bhar...

Why Open Prisons Are The Solution To India’s Overcrowded Prisons

Udaipur: Kalu Tulsiram*, 35, a bespectacled, serious looking man, was brewing tea at a stall near the Udaipur central bus depot on a recent monsoon day. It was close to noon, a busy time for the tea s...

For Homeless Indians With Mental Illness, Institutional Care Need Not Be Final Destination

Chennai: A majority of homeless women with mental illness (73%) were able to reintegrate into community life after they were discharged from the institution where they were under care and reunited wit...

‘Government Is Preparing The Ground For Decline Of Rural Jobs Programme’

Mumbai: In the budget for 2018-19, the government allocated the largest sum for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the world’s largest job-guarantee programme, ...

In A Mumbai Slum, Children Become Healthier, As Their Parents Learn To Tackle Malnutrition

Mumbai: “I think I perhaps knew how to hold a baby and play with one before I had my own, but not really anything else. I didn’t know what to expect when I got pregnant. Growing up, talking about ...

India’s Rural Have-Nots: Unconnected, Without Drinking Water, Low Reading Ability

Mumbai: Up to 23 million households (in over 292,000 villages) without electricity; 7% (43,000) villages without mobile services; 17% rural habitations without clean drinking water; 25% of 14- to 18-y...

India Can Double Its Per Capita GDP In 30 Years By Turning More Secular: Study

If India discards religious beliefs that perpetuate caste and gender inequalities, it could more than double its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the last 60 years in half the time, a...

Why Bengaluru’s Bus System Is India’s Best And Loses Least Money

Mumbai: Bengaluru is India’s third most-populous city, but its bus system is not only India’s largest with 6,448 buses (in 2015-16), it also lost the least money (Rs 101 crore) over six years to 2...

Govt Ad Spend Could Feed 46 Million Children Mid-Day Meals For A Year

Mumbai: Midday meals for 45.7 million children for a year. One day’s wages for 200 million workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS). About 6 million new l...