Tish is a freelance print and online journalist based in Mumbai, India. She is originally from the UK and also speaks French, Hindi and Punjabi. She writes on current affairs, politics, business and social issues and has had bylines published in Bloomberg, The Quint, Business Standard, FirstPost and more. She is also available for video and radio projects. Tish is a graduate of King’s College London and spent a year studying at the Sorbonne University in Paris. You can find her tweeting at @TishSanghera
Students in Mumbai and Bangalore – two of India’s wealthiest cities with a combined GDP of $410 billion, larger than that of Norway — are falling behind in the core areas of maths and language, scoring notably worse than their counterparts in rural areas, according to a new nationwide test. Despite being amongst India’s three richest states, Maharashtra and Karnataka (first and third, respectively, with Delhi second) are failing to equip students with more than basic literacy. Our analysis of the new data also shows that the Centre continues to underfund a key elementary education programme.
India is perceived as having the worst record for sexual violence, harassment from cultural and traditional practices and human trafficking, meaning it is now considered the least safe country in the world for women. These are the findings of a global perception poll carried out by Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity, which surveyed 558 experts on women’s issues in order to assess nations on overall safety for women. A failure to improve conditions has led to India becoming the most dangerous country for women; it was fourth in 2011, the last time the poll was conducted.
India’s economic development has brought higher incomes–and a large helping of diabetes. As salaries have increased, and all socio-economic groups have experienced a rise in living standards, diabetes–a condition caused by the body’s inability to regulate insulin-levels, which can lead to tissue damage and organ failure–became the country’s fastest growing disease burden over 16 years to 2016.
Delhi’s toxic air is no longer limited to winters. While Delhi is experiencing high levels of air pollution largely caused by a dust storm hitting western India, high 24-hour average levels of PM 2.5 have been recorded across the National Capital Region (NCR) between March and May 2018, an IndiaSpend analysis of CPCB data shows. This indicates that poor air quality is a problem consistently affecting the region, beyond winter and individual weather events.
Up to 80% of Indians now have a bank account, the same proportion that have a mobile phone, but financial inclusion levels are still among the world’s worst, lower than sub-Saharan Africa on some counts. Despite the availability of mobile-banking services and the narrowing of gender, wealth and education gaps in account ownership, few account holders are using facilities available to them, raising doubts around improvements for financial inclusion,
While the rape of women and girl children in India has made headlines around the world, dominated the national conversation and led to the introduction of harsher penalties and the death penalty for child rape, the reality of men as rape victims and other forms of sexual abuse has not shared the same spotlight.