Students in literate states lead spike in protests

States with higher literacy levels report more protests, and nearly half of these protests were led by political parties, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of police data over six years. The sharpest rise in unrest came from student-led agitations (148 per cent) between 2009 and 2014, show the data, gleaned from the Bureau of Police[…]

How A Young IAS Officer In UP Came Up With An Out-Of-The-Box Idea To Fight Malnutrition

With its count of undernourished and malnourished children, the Government Senior Secondary School in Kanpur Dehat, a district in the Kanpur City of Uttar Pradesh was clearly not benefiting from the midday meal scheme. There were rising cases of malnutrition. IAS officer Apurva Dubey, then newly posted in the district, immediately recognised the problem. She[…]

Old Srinagar And The Tale Of Its Fading Medieval Charm

Srinagar is one of the oldest cities on the planet, second only to Varanasi, which is today Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency. Modern-day Srinagar, in contrast, is the hub of political unrest, and under curfew for over 100 days. And standing wan sentinels over the unrest in the Valley, in which Srinagar nestles, are[…]

Black Money and the Half Brides of Uttar Pradesh

The Singhs* were gathered around the living room of their Ghaziabad house, on their fourth round of chai that evening. A happy tension was rippling through the family. Long-distance aunts and sisters fussed over the trousseau of the Singhs’ only daughter Neetu, who tiptoed around the room coyly. Neetu was  nervous with excitement; her wedding[…]

India’s Public Health System Is Failing Even Southern States That Produce Most Doctors

There is only one doctor at the primary health centre (PHC) in Melkote, in southern Karnataka, to serve 20,000 people across 33 villages. On Sunday, the doctor’s weekly off, the usually crowded PHC is completely deserted. Anyone who falls critically ill in Melkote on a Sunday has only one option–to take the ambulance parked at[…]