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

Malayalees Set To Live Longer, But Will They?

  Before the Gujarat model of development, there was—and is—the Kerala model of development, its silent success set to be reflected in the latest health statistics of Malayalee (Kerala) men and women over the next decade.   Other things remaining the same, Malayalee men are expected to live to 75.2 years by the year 2025, … Continued

A No-Brainer: Subsidies Or Human Development?

How can the Government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, save over Rs 75,000 crore every year? Simple: use technology and rationalise subsidies.   Economist Ajay Shah argued in his blog: “Aadhaar (unique identity being issued to every citizen by the Government) is the big idea around which we can take a stab at reduction … Continued

Education & Healthcare: Still A Long Way To Go

The Narendra Modi Government was sworn in on 26th May, 2014 with only 45 ministers, a smaller number compared to the UPA Government’s 70-member cabinet.   The new council of ministers includes many new faces like Human Resources Minister Smriti Irani and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.   The education and health department had received … Continued

PM Modi Bets Big On Governance

Narendra Modi, 15th Prime Minister of India, took charge at New Delhi’s South Block today.   A 45-member cabinet was sworn-in by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday. The cabinet has seven women ministers, the average age is 58 years and average assets of the ministers stand at over Rs 13 crore.   … 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

India Ranks 102 Out Of 132 Nations On Social Development Index

  “A society which fails to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, erodes the environment, and limits opportunity for its citizens is not succeeding. Economic growth without social progress results in lack of inclusion, discontent, and social unrest”.   A recent report by the Social Progress Index (SPI) rates … Continued

Kejriwal Vs Modi: Fact vs Non-Fact

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal recently posed 16 questions to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. We decided to do a fact check on some of these questions raised by Kejriwal on the Gujarat model of economic development.   Agricultural Growth  How do you claim 11% agriculture growth rate when statistics released … Continued