3 Million Truckloads Daily: India’s Real Trash Problem

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi may want a “Swachh Bharat” (clean India) by 2019, but sweeping the streets does not address the enormity of India’s real garbage challenge.   As prosperity grows, 62 million tonnes of garbage is generated everyday by the 377 million people living in urban India, now the world’s third-largest garbage generator. … Continued

68 Districts Hold Key To Modi’s Make-in-India Push

  Make in India, Government of India’s flagship program is a laudable aspiration that identifies 25 sectors—a combination of low-skill and high-skill industry and services-oriented areas as the drivers to skyrocket India’s growth.   A key objective of this program is to harness India’s demographic dividend by paving the way from farms to factories for … Continued

SAARC Summit: Making Friends Of Enemies

  (The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, at the 18th SAARC Summit, in Nepal on November 27, 2014.)   Apart from the photo-op between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) … Continued

5 Factors That Decided Haryana, Maharashtra Elections

  (BJP president Amit Shah with party workers in New Delhi after the announcement of the results of Haryana and Maharashtra.)   What messages did the voters of Haryana and Maharashtra send out? From the election results of October 19, 2014, here are five of the most important factors in their decision:   1. The … Continued

The Trouble With India’s $22 Billion Toilet Gamble

  The Narendra Modi Government has announced that Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) has to be a mass movement to make India open defecation free in five years. By spending Rs 1.34 lakh crore ($22 billion) to build about  110 million toilets across the country, “the pet project of the Prime Minister will be executed on a war … Continued

Maids, Labourers, Guards: India’s Main Job Hopes

  During his triumphal speech to the Indian diaspora at Madison Square Garden in New York last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of the talent of Indian youth, exemplified by the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission.   India, Modi said, could emerge as a global supplier of skilled workers, such as nurses and teachers.   … Continued

Modi is right, Maharashtra Is India’s Second-Most Communally Troubled State

Addressing an election rally in the state, Modi said after Uttar Pradesh, the maximum communal riots occur in Maharashtra.   A Fact Check based on data collated from replies in Lok Sabha proves Modi right. IndiaSpend had earlier reported Maharashtra’s number two position last year during the clashes in Jammu & Kashmir.   “While the number of communal clashes declined from 2009 till 2011, it escalated again … Continued

Jan Dhan: Narendra Modi’s Speed Problem

(Mumbai autorickshaw driver Arjun Dubey has applied for a bank account under the Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana. He said he opened the account only to receive government subsidies.)   MUMBAI: Hanumant Vithoba’s vision was dimmed by cement dust blowing into his eyes and his back was bent from hauling cement sacks into trucks. Vithoba, 92, worked … Continued

India’s Mars Mission Is Cheapest, Most Successful Ever

  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history by becoming the world’s only space agency to reach Mars on its first attempt. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), unofficially called Mangalyaan, is also the cheapest spacecraft to reach Earth’s neighbour.   MOM was launched atop the indigenously built Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C25 on … Continued