Why Mumbai’s Failure Is India’s Failure

Ever since the new government came to power in Delhi, there have been oft-repeated,  clarion calls for ‘big-bang reforms’. That India needs reforms in several forms, fields and ministries is indisputable, but what kind of reforms, especially in the nation’s crumbling cities, can drive economic growth, improve the quality of life and ensure inclusive development? … Continued

In Urbanising Maharashtra, Massive Task Ahead For BJP

  With poor service delivery and infrastructure in our cities, it is vital for the new Maharashtra government to equip its local bodies with the necessary resources to improve the quality of life of its citizens.   In the coming years Maharashtra is set to become India’s most urbanized state, and with no mention of … Continued

Who Is Doing Better? Bharat? India?

“India’s future lies in its villages.” While that view of Mahatma Gandhi has been gradually rejected over the decades, new Government data reveal that rural India is, on many important parameters, doing much better than urban India. Here are some observations:   * Over 91% households in rural areas used their house only for residential … Continued

How Urban Voters Lost Their Voice

  The development gap between rural and urban India is a major concern for policy makers.   Here is another gap that’s worth examination: urban India has lesser representation in Parliament despite having a higher proportion of voters in cities, in many cases.   IndiaSpend earlier looked at the most urban and most rural constituencies … Continued

Weekly Wrap: Look Carefully Where India’s Young Voters Are

  [Report] 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 … 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

How Kerala Has India’s Highest Spending Inequity

India’s most progressive state on social development indicators also suffers the worst consumer expenditure inequity anywhere in the country.   Feted across the world for achieving developed world levels of social development, the southern state of Kerala has one of the highest monthly per capita consumer expenditure in India, both in rural and urban areas. … Continued

Betting On Rural Votes This Time Too

Rural India is more active when it comes to voting than urban India. This is a known fact but by how much?   We looked at a sample of 20 urban and rural constituencies each spread across India. And we found that the range of voting percentage among the rural population is higher than urban … Continued

Inflation Below 10%, Seriously?

It might be difficult to believe that consumer price inflation (CPI) was below 10% in December, 2013 as claimed by the Government when it released the data on January 13, 2014.   Not that a per cent here or there matters much to the monthly budget because it only seems to rise. Nevertheless, it’s worth looking at what … Continued