In Samajwadi Party, Ramayan re-enacted but with a defiance

By Soroor Ahmed,

A new version of Ramayan is being enacted in Lucknow, about 125 km away from Ayodhya. But in this re-make, there is no scope for Akhilesh Singh Yadav being exiled for 14 years––though he was expelled from the Samajwadi Party for 18 hours.

India's great school education challenge: Crisis in BIMARU states

Khushboo Balani

By 2020, India will have the worlds largest working population-- 869 million -- but an IndiaSpend analysis of indicators on literacy, school enrolment, learning outcomes, and education spending across four states -- with 43.6 per cent of Indias school-age population between the ages of five and 14 -- revealed that India is unprepared to educate and train its young population.

Overall, India's literacy rate has increased 8.66 percentage points to 74.04 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to Census data, but wide variations exists across states.

How loopholes in Right to Education deny children the Right to Education

By Asarul Haque Jeelani for

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 has communicated and executed free and compulsory education for children between 6-14 years of age, but the question before the government and the concerned bodies is: how is the performance of the Act on the ground?

2016: 5 reasons for India to feel more (and less) secure

By Abheet Singh Sethi

A worsening of the security situation in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), the signing of a $8.9-billion (Rs 60,520 crore) deal for French Rafale fighter jets and new deals for artillery were among the top five determinants of Indias uncertain security situation in 2016. India made many high-profile defence purchases in 2016 and carried out much-publicised surgical strikes against Pakistan-based terrorists, but an IndiaSpend examination of defence data revealed gaping security holes.

The Shia-Sunni divide: dangerous (re)-readings of Islamic History

By Sharjeel Imam

Twice removed from reality: Muslim orthodoxy vs courts and liberal opinion

By Mohd Asim Khan

New Delhi : Are divine decrees more sacrosanct than the man-made laws? Do the "personal laws" of a community always have precedence over the Constitution? The questions came back to haunt India's collective conscience through a string of cases in 2016 -- three decades after it was "settled" in what can be called a high-handed way.

Demonetisation: Do not bank on crass communalism for narrow political gains, Mr Owaisi

By Soroor Ahmed,

Demonetisation may not have been the best news this year, but nevertheless, this has been a time when all have suffered, cutting across caste, class and religion.

#Notebandi frontlines: In tribal areas, low literacy & cellphone use; few ATMs

By Shreya Shah

Dhar/Jhabua/Khargone (Madhya Pradesh): Santosh Bavash, 30, said he knew about the internet. "Ive heard it tells you about the future," he told IndiaSpend when we spoke to the short and thin labourer, from the village of Gyanpura, in the western district of Dhar, in Madhya Pradesh (MP), one of Indias poorest states.

हिन्दू कोड बिल पर चुप्पी साधकर भाजपा कर रही ट्रिपल तलाक की राजनीति

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पिछले महीने पूर्वी उत्तर प्रदेश के सोनभद्र में भाजपा की एक बड़ी रैली से ख़िताब करते हुए पार्टी अध्यक्ष अमित शाह ने सपा, बसपा और कांग्रेस पर निशाना साधा, ‘तीन तलाक़ के साथ आप हैं या नहीं?’ आजकल मुस्लिम महिलाओं के लिए 'इंसाफ' के मसले पर विपक्षी पार्टियां शाह के अलावा प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के हमले का निशाना बनती रहीं हैं. भाजपा नेताओं का आरोप रहा है कि विपक्ष 'वोट-बैंक पॉलिटिक्स' की वजह से तीन-तलाक़ जैसे ग़लत रस्म और रिवाज पर चुप्पी साधे हुए है.

Women have to be empowered - not just educated - to end son preference

By Charu Bahri

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: I wouldnt be around to write this story if the Bahri clan I hail from - Hindus from that part of Punjab which is now in Pakistan - had not stopped practising female infanticide in the early 1900s, with my grandparents generation. But a century on, the practice appears to have hit an all-time high.

Latest figures show that at 914, India's child sex ratio - a better marker of son preference than the overall sex ratio - is at its lowest since 1951.