As India Ages, Dementia Threat Looms

  India is a youthful country, for now. According to the Census of India, the population of the country below 35 years of age is 51.8%. By 2020, India is projected to become the youngest country in the world, with a median age of 29 years.   But, as this population advances into old age, … Continued

Make Rs 3.78 Lakh Income Totally Tax-Free: Survey

The “middle class” feels that the Government must make annual income of Rs 3.78 lakh totally tax-free since Rs 31,500 is needed for an average quality of life for a family of four people.   This was one of the key findings of a nationwide, pre-budget survey done by C-Voter. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will … Continued

Does Mumbai Have A Solution To India’s Public Transport Problem?

  After much delay, Mumbai city finally got to see the monorail in action this week. The monorail, which is only half complete is one of the many new public transport networks that are being built in the city.   While a monorail ride could be a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, the larger question is does this … Continued

The Math Behind Jayalalithaa’s Prime Ministerial Ambitions

  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wants to be Prime Minister. “From Fort St George (the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu) to Red Fort” is the slogan for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. “First Tamil Prime Minister” hoarding signs litter the entire stretch of Radhakrishnan Salai in Chennai, … Continued

How Obesity Is Rising In India & Falling In The West

A study released last week by UK-based Overseas Development Institute claimed that obesity is increasing in many emerging or middle income countries like India and China.   Nearly 1.5 billion people were either obese or overweight in the world, according to the report based on data till 2008. Surprisingly, 904 million were in the developing … Continued

More Children Are Staying Put In School Than Ever Before

  The UNICEF Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target for 2015 asks that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling.   Considering that is now a year away, the target seems like a cruel dream, particularly for the millions of young boys and girls who could have been in schools but are … Continued

Dear Voter, Why Did You Vote So?

  The recently concluded assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) get a strong mandate in three states except in Delhi where it won a 32-seat majority but was followed closely by the debutante Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which captured a eye popping 28 of the 70 … Continued

Mumbai Resorts To Private Healthcare To Fight Deadly Diseases

One of India’s biggest challenges is delivering affordable healthcare to its millions, particularly the poor. Many studies and surveys show how a single illness can swing the financial fortunes of a poor household.   It gets worse and more frustrating when the diseases are more like epidemics and the system is unable to respond effectively. … Continued

New Breed Of Infrastructure Entrepreneurs Will Rise: Vinayak Chatterjee

Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman, Feedback Infra, feels strongly that the second phase of Indian infrastructure building will start in the next couple of years with long-term stable investors.   Chatterjee spoke to Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend, on what ails the sector, what needs to be done and how targets can be met…     Govindraj: India, … Continued

India’s Medical Education In Extortionate Private Hands

Highlights   *Almost half of India’s medical colleges are in just 4 states — Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu *Karnataka has the highest number of medical colleges and MBBS seats in the country *India has the lowest number of doctors and hospitals per 100,000 population among BRICS nations   Every year, millions of … Continued