4 Things That Could Change India In 2016

  More people will be literate, on the Internet, linked to the national identification scheme and likely to receive electricity, especially from alternative-energy sources. The new year has many things to unveil for the world’s fastest growing economy. We picked four:   1. Aadhaar to reach a billion people, bring banking to villages, cutting-edge tech … Continued

IndiaSpend/FactChecker–The Year’s Most Popular Stories

  At IndiaSpend, we do not like adjectives, we do not like opinion. Emotion is not our thing. Data are. Facts are. Reportage is.   Using data as our core, we focus on topics of public interest, topics that should be in the public domain but, usually, are not.   This year, as always, we … Continued

5 Things India Had Going For It

Temsutula Imsong wants to see a clean India, and, along with Darshika Shah, cleaned some of the filthiest ghats in Varanasi.   Amid a year of conflict and controversy, India had some good things going.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to global leaders, set in motion reforms and launched several initiatives to boost … Continued

Five Things That Should Worry India

  1. With growth rate of 0.2% and 600 million Indians depending on it, agriculture remains in crisis   The year 2015 began with unseasonal rainfall that damaged crops across 18 million hectares of farmland— about 30% of the rabi (winter) crop—according to a government estimate.   Farmer suicides in Bundelkhand region in southeastern Uttar … Continued

2015: A Good Year For Defence—Or Was It?

  The year 2015 witnessed a hike of nearly 10% in India’s defence budget, from Rs. 2.2 lakh crore ($33 billion) in 2014-15 to Rs. 2.4 lakh crore ($36 billion).   Money for capital expenditure—to buy new equipment—rose 15% over the previous year, but much of this was set aside for expensive imports, as this … Continued

First Time In 63 Years, Lok Sabha More Productive House

  Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) performed better than the Rajya Sabha (upper house) in the year 2015, owing to the majority of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lower house.   This is the first time after 1952, when the first elected government was formed in India, that the Lok Sabha … Continued

Your Guide To Hindus, Muslims And Intolerance

  What was the intolerance debate that roiled India this year about?   * Was it about the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders–and Hindu villagers— declaring that a 50-year-old Muslim lynched to death on suspicion of eating beef deserved it?   * Was it about the Shiv Sena–one half of the ruling alliance in … Continued

2015: BJP Lost, Congress Stagnant, Regional Parties Gained

  The year 2015 has been a blessing for political parties other than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the same way 2013 and 2014 were exciting for the BJP.   The Indian National Congress could not rise from the ashes, while regional parties improved their political stature.   The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) rose … Continued