76 Of 100 Trips In Rural India For Health, Medical Reasons

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As many as 76 of 100 overnight trips in rural areas in 2014-15 were for health and medical reasons, government data show, an indication of India’s scant rural healthcare.   In urban areas, health and medical reasons accounted for 42 of 100 trips, according to this report (2014-15) on domestic tourism, the latest available data. …Read More

Chattisgarh Gets PM Pat, Adds Millions Of Toilets


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s faith in Chattisgarh’s sanitation progress is well-founded, as our examination of government data from his Swachh Bharat Mission reveals, adding 2 million household toilets since 2011.   As many as 85% of Chattisgarh’s 4.3 million households were without toilets in 2011, according to census data.   Half of those 4.3 million …Read More

Why Shivraj Chauhan Should Allow Tribal Children Eggs


  Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, a vegetarian, may have cultural and religious reasons for refusing to allow state schools to serve eggs in their midday meal, but his reasoning makes no nutritional sense and hobbles severely malnourished children—a fifth of all children in his state.   Chauhan was quoted as saying that …Read More

The Myth of India’s Muslim-Population Rise


  “In the near future, the Muslim population of India will exceed the number of Muslims in Indonesia and Pakistan, which will result in a cultural and social imbalance of the Hindu nation,” read Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s editorial in party newspaper Saamna.   This is what Thackeray, head of the Hindu right-wing party …Read More