Arhar Modi! Prices Up 200% In 5 Years, Farm Problems Older

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  “Aaj kal gaon me naya nara chala hai: Arhar Modi! Arhar Modi! Arhar Modi!“   “These days there’s a new slogan in the village: Arhar Modi…”   Sarcastically riffing on “Har har Modi (hail Modi),” a 2014 election slogan, Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi was referring to the rise in pulses–in this case split …Read More

Some Repackaging, No Deadlines: Modi’s Bihar Package

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  Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the public in Ara, Bihar on August 18, 2015.     At least some schemes of the Rs 1.25-lakh-core package Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced for Bihar on August 18 are repackaged versions of existing schemes.   Also, Modi mentioned no deadlines for any of the projects.   IndiaSpend …Read More

Rahul Gandhi Wrong On Tamil Nadu Unemployment Claims

That was Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi talking about Tamil Nadu’s unemployed youth.   A look at Census data and unemployment data from the labour ministry proves him wrong on both counts:   * Six million youth in the age group he refers to are unemployed, not nine million.   * About 14% of graduates …Read More

Overblown, Misleading Claims By 14 Modi Ministries

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  Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) chairing his first cabinet meeting in New Delhi on May 27, 2014. Image: PIB   During the last week of May 2015, several ministries of the Central Government released performance report-cards, listing their achievements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one year in office.   A fact-check of 14 departments …Read More

Amartya Sen: Right And Wrong On Kerala

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  “…I was told that Kerala’s policies were unaffordable because it was one of the poorest states in India. It was not unaffordable, and Kerala has had the highest life expectancy in India for many decades now (in fact, higher than the average of China).   “And now that the latest data show that this …Read More