Assam Beats Kerala In Primary Education Outcomes

  There is a great deal of focus now on education outcomes. Given this trend, the following figures might come as a surprise.   When it comes to primary education, the north eastern state of Assam, which has an overall literacy rate of 72.19%, is ranked No 1 in outcomes at the primary school level, … Continued

Rural India Continues To Outvote Urban India

  In one of our pre-election reports, we looked at 20 most rural and urban constituencies to understand voting patterns.   We also looked at the difference in percentage points in the highest and lowest rural and urban voter participation.   The 2014 elections saw a record voter turnout of 66% as against 58% in … Continued

Look Carefully Where India’s Young Voters Are

  Did India’s first-time voters really deliver in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections?   The answer is no but there is another angle for the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider: states with relatively low development (defined below) also have a high proportion of young voters. This is … Continued

How Many Murderers Are We Electing To Parliament?

India has a large proportion of criminals in politics who also get elected through the democratic process.   The latest statistics following the recent Lok Sabha elections stand like this: there are 186 Members of Parliament (MPs) who have criminal cases against them, nearly 34% of the total elected MPs. This number is the highest … Continued

Modi Win Shows Path To Parliament Is Through 11 States

  The venerated mathematician Nassim Taleb popularised the term “Black Swan” to describe an event that occurs outside the realm of normal expectations and has an extreme impact on the present and future. And human nature naively tries to concoct explanations for these events, post facto. The origin of the phrase traces back to a … Continued

South India To Congress Rescue….Again

Is it time for the Congress leadership to listen to politicians from Karnataka and Kerala? In an election when the party could not win even a single seat in almost 8 states, Karnataka has elected nine Congress MPs and Kerala eight Congress MPs.  Out of the 44 elected Congress MPs, that is nearly 39%.   … Continued

SMEs Can Address Employment Issue: TMC’s Dipak Bora

Dipak Bora, Trinamool Congress candidate from Naogaon, Assam, feels small and medium scale industries can address the issue of unemployment in the state. Bora adds that he will work towards stepping up efforts to boost hydel power generation in the area.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, which … Continued

New Policies To Impact Employment Scene: Congress’ Kirip Chaliha

Kirip Chaliha, Congress candidate from Mangaldoi, Assam, feels unemployment is a key concern and can be addressed only by the new Government that is formed after the elections. He also feels that state Governments, too, play an important role in job creation.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, … Continued

ITIs Can Help In Boosting Employment: IUML’s Kasiruddin Sheikh

Kasiruddin Sheikh, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) candidate from Dhubri, Assam, feels the area needs a medical college and ITIs to train the youth for employment.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, which has exclusive updates of the candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections 2014 covering 542 constituencies … Continued

Police Protecting VVIPs Must Be Reduced: AAP’s Pranjal Bordoloi

Pranjal Bordoloi, Aam Aadmi Party (AP) candidate from Guwahati, Assam, says that police personnel deployed as security for VVIPs must be rationalised, and instead they should be available to provide security to the people of Guwahati.   This initiative is a part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, which has exclusive updates of … Continued