In a series of seven short posts over at The Acorn I show how Tehelka juggled facts and figures in order to poke holes into the “Vibrant Gujarat” story. I’m posting the concluding piece of the series here, to summarise where we are at the end of our examination of Shivam Vij’s article. There is [...]
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around the world, again by Hans Gosling. Dont miss it – worth every minute. This talk is a follow up to the previous one (thanks Ajoy for the comment) that we had posted last week. And, thanks to Nikhil, the data is available on the web too. Here it is where it is available at [...]
…with the best stats you have ever seen by Hans Rosling. This, from TED, a must see site. A slightly dated, yet, relevant link. I could not embed the video, so, for now, you have to click the link above. It is worth it…
In today’s DNA Mukul Asher & Amarendu Nandy argue that the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is ill-equipped to fulfil its mandate of providing retirement income security. The EPFO is an unusual national provident fund in combining the features of a defined benefit scheme (Employees Pension Scheme or EPS, introduced in 1995) with those of [...]
I have worked in India and in Indian organisations abroad for a large part of my professional career. However when I think back I cannot recall more than 2 physically disabled colleagues during that entire time. Mind you, I am a sociable kind of person so my visual – and conversational – range extended beyond [...]
Economists frequently cite economic growth as the surest way out of poverty for the developing world. In this context, China is an often mentioned example, where double digit growth has brought over 300 million people out of extreme poverty over the past few decades. But closely tied to growth is the question of equality – [...]
“What sort of a woman are you? When this child was born, it seems she was born with your brain, so you have none left.” These were the words of a manager I once had. Let’s call him “M”. Luckily – for me, that is – these words were spoken by him to his wife, [...]
My first experience of seeing mental illness, beyond the one-word shorthand in Hindi ‘paagal‘ and the figurative usage ‘dimaag kharab hai‘, came when I was an engineering student. I used to visit my rakhi-brother in the medical college. Now a specialist in child psychiatry and a professor at one of the world’s leading medical schools, [...]
To many around the world, the Indian IT and BPO industry is the face of the current boom time, of India Rising or of whatever shorthand appeals to the reader or the writer. The industry is represented by NASSCOM, which has lost, through unfortunate coincidence, two of its leaders in their prime. First there was [...]
Televisions don’t need sewers Preeti Aroon, over at FP Passport, asks why the slum-dwellers of Dharavi prefer TVs to toilets. I’ve visited Mumbai many times myself, and I’ve always wondered about the TV antennas poking through thatched-roofed shacks. How can “these people” buy TVs when their kids are malnourished and wading through sewage-infested water? I [...]
The idea that India is not one country but two (or more?) is, of course, not a new one, but it does seem to me to be a thesis which is worth revisiting, in particular in the light of India’s current demographic realities. Chris Wilson in a paper (pdf) entitled “Implications of global demographic convergence [...]
How the private sector is slowly spreading its wings beyond the organized sector and urban India and wooing the rural and unorganized sector with innovative products, services and business models.
Yeshasvini is a self funding health scheme run by Narayana Hrudayalaya that provides rural folk free medical treatment on premiums as low as Rs. 5 per month.