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

Extreme State Kerala

Kerala, God’s Own Country, is a sharp study of contrasts.   * Out of a population of 33.38 million as per Census 2011, 16.02 million (48%) are males and 17.36 million (52%) are females. The state has a sex ratio of 1,084 (sex ratio is defined as the number of females per 1,000 males) as … Continued

India’s Fastest Growing Crime: Kidnapping Of Women & Girls

  Highlights * Crimes against women registered a 69% decadal jump * Total number of crimes fell 3% from 2011 to 2012, but rose 9% from 2002 to 2012 * Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat & Maharashtra recorded the highest number of crimes   The recent spate of crimes against women has also triggered … Continued

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

Free Medicine For The Poor, A Southern State Shows The Way

  Highlights  * 40% hospitalised patients get free medicines in Tamil Nadu. * Tamil Nadu has increased per capita spending on drugs. * 39 million Indians are driven to poverty every year because of ill-health.   Drug procurement in India’s public healthcare system is severely underfunded.  Two stark statistics in the World Health Statistics Report 2012, … Continued

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

Gujarat Has Highest Reduction In Women Enrolment In Higher Education

  Highlights * Marginal increase in women enrolments. * Bihar sees highest increase in women enrolments. * Kerala also sees high dropout rates.     Women constitute 48% of Indian population as per 2011 census but make up only 6 million of the 14 million students (42%) enrolled in higher education.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick … 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