Tribals Invented Sev 200 Years Ago. Now, Sev Makers Are Evicting Them

Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh): “Wheat, corn, pulses like pigeon pea and gram, green chillies, even vegetables like okra and potato…” Vishna Bai’s eye lit up, as the portly, cheerful farmer rapi...

‘Sahab, Kuch Kaam Milega Kya?’ Demonetisation, GST Effects Continue, Deepen Indore’s Jobs Crisis

Indore: It was a regular day here in India’s cleanest city, the largest in Madhya Pradesh and the state’s commercial capital: While the middle-class rushed to work, a crowd of daily-wage workers, ...

Only Chhattisgarh Elected More Women MLAs Than Last Time. Mizoram, With Top Women’s Empowerment Indicators, Elected None

Mumbai: Chhattisgarh, which ranks high on women’s employment indicators, elected 13 women legislators in the recent state assembly elections, up from 10 in 2013. The other four states that went to t...

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...

Why Thousands Of Farmers Marched To Delhi, Kolkata And Mumbai: Answers And Anger In India’s Fastest-Growing Farm Economy

Budha (Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh): Some 300 km north-west of capital Bhopal, in the heart of India, amidst dense neem trees, is a courtyard that could determine the electoral fate of this state--and th...

India’s Best Agriculture Growth Over 8 Years, But Madhya Pradesh Is Still ‘Bimaru’

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh (MP) has reported the best agricultural growth in India over eight years, and has improved its infrastructure, but there is widespread farm unrest as incomes remain low and h...

India’s Female Voters Not Turning Out To Vote As They Should

Mumbai: Although female voter turnout has been increasing across India--from 51% in 1980 to 66% in 2014--it remains low when compared with the adult population sex ratio in most states. In the 20...

Uttar Pradesh’s O% Achievement In Rural Sanitation

  Highlights* Government has set target of full sanitation in rural India by 2022 under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan. * Country-wide utilisation of sanitation funds only 20% in the first half of the current financial year. * Only 16% schools in India have functional toilets.   Jairam Ramesh, India’s Union Minister For Rural Development, caused a … 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