How Maharashtra, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu Use Outdated State Laws To Acquire Land

New Delhi: Maharashtra and Karnataka are using decades-old land acquisition laws--similar to a now-d...

Erratic Monsoon, Driven By Climate Change, Damaged 25% Crops In Karnataka’s Kaveri Basin

Bengaluru: Erratic rainfall this monsoon damaged 25% of the kharif (summer) crops sown in the distri...

How Karnataka Is Improving Children’s Health By Focusing On Mothers

Ballari, Tumkur and Mysuru: Rekha M, 30, is six months into her second pregnancy and visits the Shan...

Karnataka’s Udupi, Kerala’s Idukki Record Highest Rainfall In 2018, Serve Future Warning

Mumbai: Kerala now faces the ravages of the worst monsoon floods in 94 years, with 373 dead and more...

Can A Drought Kill Your Political Chances?

    Highlights: * Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka, both drought affected states voted against the respective ruling parties in elections following droughts * Drought does not seem to be affecting the ruling parties in states like Orissa and Maharashtra *  States like Gujarat and Rajasthan show partial correlation as they have voted against the ruling … Continued

Karnataka’s Missing Women Politicians & Bihar’s Abundance

  India’s southern state of Karnataka goes to polls on 5 May for a new 224-member legislative assembly.   The contest is being keenly watched for various reasons: First, to see if the outcome might set the tone for the 2014 Parliamentary elections. And to some extent what this augurs for the next phase of … Continued

Will Karnataka’s Social Progress Deliver The Elections?

  India’s southern state of Karnataka, which has a population of 61 million and is known across the world as the leader of Indian information technology, will elect a new 224-member assembly on 5 May.   What could influence the outcome? There are, of course, a multitude of factors but we look at two, the … Continued

Karnataka’s Services Growth Powers Surpluses

The performance of a state government is often judged on the basis of condition of the state economy and the general financial condition. In fact, the two are not mutually exclusive.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta glances through Karnataka’s Budget documents for 2012-13 and finds that for all the political turmoil the state has witnessed in … 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