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34% in slums have no toilet, but 63% own mobile phone

Friday 22 March '13

Life in a slum is comparable to life in most urban households in the country, according to Census 2011 data on living conditions in slums
Life and death of a baron

Sunday 25 November '12

Last week, Ponty Chadha allegedly fell to his brother’s bullets, an unscripted end to the life of a liquor baron who lived by his own rules
Shumaila’s Story

Sunday 26 August '12

A recent Delhi High Court ruling upholding a 15-year-old girl’s right to be with her husband has triggered a debate on the issue of Islam and child marriage.
An experiment in class

Sunday 29 April '12

Vansha, Ashwini and Poonam—three stories of integration in schools under the EWS quota, despite strong doubts and prejudices
‘The notion that democracy and capitalism are interlinked is nonsense’

Monday 16 April '12

The 1960s were heady days — cultural and political revolutions, the death of Che Guevara and a raging Vietnam war
The census truth: More Indians have access to phones than to toilets

Wednesday 14 March '12

53.1%, or over half of Indian households, do not have access to something as basic as a toilet.
A winning shot for Moradabad

Sunday 29 January '12

As India records a year without any new case of the wild polio virus, Uma Vishnu travels to Moradabad, once branded the world’s polio capital, to tell the story of a turnaround
May not need Voltaire to report on 2G scam but do need humility, hard work

Tuesday 17 January '12

Digvijaya Singh said that while he was in favour of “self-regulation” for the media
Search for Identity

Sunday 9 October '11

For Chinnaponnu and Hamsa, domestic helps in Delhi, the identity that Aadhaar promises to give is just another way to be part of the system, even if on the fringes. Uma Vishnu follows them as they go ...
A King’s Royal Dilemma

Sunday 10 July '11

When the vaults of the centuries-old Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram were opened, they revealed a dazzling collection of wealth. Uma Vishnu visits the temple, meets a king in distress an...
Two sides of an Expressway

Sunday 15 May '11

Bhatta-Parsaul, the country’s latest battleground over land acquisition, are twin villages along the Yamuna Expressway, a stretch that has triggered a gold rush among builders and real estate agents. ...
Something to cheer about

Tuesday 5 April '11

How the Bimaru states helped slam the brakes on population growth?
India biased against girls, child sex ratio is lowest since 1947

Friday 1 April '11

The child sex ratio has been in free fall since 1961, when it stood at 976.
Astrologer Bhanu, BSY’s mystic mentor

Sunday 27 February '11

The eastern gates of the Vidhana Soudha, the building that houses the state legislature, were shut.
Census-II will count the parts that make the whole

Tuesday 25 January '11

Exercise to find out everything about every member of every household, including who heads it.
The search

Sunday 24 October '10

This is the extraordinary story of a father who won’t give up. Air Force Sergeant Ravi Shankar lost his daughter in the tsunami of 2004. Apurva was eight then. For six years, Sergeant Shankar has sear...
The making of a number

Sunday 10 October '10

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb of an idea into a 12-digit unique identity for each of India’s 1.2 billion people? A small team of 150, led by Nandan Nilekani
Muziris Lost and Found

Sunday 1 August '10

Thousands of years ago, Muziris was a thriving port city on the western coast of India, with links to the Roman empire. And then, it disappeared. Now, four seasons of excavations in Pattanam, a coasta...
Uncensus

Saturday 26 June '10

Unfortunately, Bose the demographer is hard to find here....
‘Can a brother wreck his sister’s life because she married outside the caste? Is that justified?’

Sunday 16 May '10

In 2004, months after Sushma Tiwari married Prabhu Nochil, an OBC from Kerala, her brother Dilip Tiwari killed her husband and three others in a chawl in Mumbai. A sessions court and the Bombay High C...

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Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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