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People sit outside a home at dusk in Kraska village, Rajasthan | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Modi govt is flaunting two schemes — one that brings light & one that cuts carbon output

PM Modi’s Saubhagya scheme electrified 45,000 houses per day and UJALA scheme has distributed over 34.75 crore LED bulbs.
Woman walk past a transmission tower in Jammu and Kashmir | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Poor electricity service quality plagues Modi’s Saubhagya scheme, but there are ways out

Modi's ambitious rural electrification scheme will work if it breaks away from the traps of power theft, non-repayment and low electricity demand.
Women working on a project under MGNREGA | MGNREGA report

Budget 2019: The rise in funding for MGNREGA, charted

Despite PM Modi terming MGNREGA as a 'UPA failure', his govt has allocated Rs 60,000 crore in the interim budget — the highest ever for the scheme.
Villager working as manual labourers | Flickr

Lawmakers & activists write to PM Modi raising concerns over MGNREGA fund crunch

More than 99% fund of the MGNREGA scheme was reportedly exhausted by 1 January 2019, three months before the end of the financial year.
A BJP advertisement at Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Sorry urban voters, election 2019 is all about wooing the rural Indian

The political theatre has shifted to rural India ahead of the 2019 election.
A woman in Uttar Pradesh cooks on a LPG-connected stove | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

How Modi stopped rural Indian women from inhaling an equivalent of 400 cigarettes per day

Narendra Modi government’s Ujjwala scheme has been a game-changer for millions of women across India.

Gujarat is home to some of India’s best villages but Telangana’s Tellapur is No. 1

Rural Development Ministry’s rankings show Punjab is second to Gujarat in the number of villages in the top 30, while Andhra has the most in top 10.
A woman cooks food by fire inside a home in Kraska village, Rajasthan | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Address jati, and not just caste, to fix rural welfare schemes like MGNREGA

Even within disadvantaged Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, some jatis are significantly worse off than others Caste is a persistent driver of inequality in India, but little is known about the economic inequality between the jatis. Most of the academic literature on caste and inequality in India is based on surveys that use caste categories that are used by the government of India, such as Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST). But in everyday life, caste identity is experienced and practiced as jati — hereditarily formed endogamous groups whose identities are manifested in a variety of ways: occupational status, property ownership, diet, gender norms, social practices, and religious practices emphasising purity and pollution. Each region of India has several hundred jatis. But there is no pan-Indian system of ranking them, and the local rankings of jatis routinely change. Placement of jatis in broad government 'caste' categories is complicated, and affected by politics...
Workers spray insecticides in a paddy field in Punjab | Amit Bhargava/Bloomberg News

Game-changing Green Revolution may have led to Congress party’s decline in India

Green Revolution was comparable in magnitude to the impact of the industrial revolution on manufacturing and led to the rise of agrarian opposition parties in India.
People gather outside a dairy shop in Fateh Nagla, Uttar Pradesh | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Power distribution companies are slowing down Narendra Modi’s Saubhagya scheme

The Saubhagya scheme is crawling as distribution companies lack both capacity and incentive to supply to poor households.

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CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

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Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.