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We are very happy to report to you that there are additions to the r.i.c.e. family.
First of all, Kritika joined us as ha research fellow. Kritika has completed a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Her paper on Public Health Facilities in Rural North India, with Reetika, came out recently in the EPW.
Both Payal and Aarav are very healthy.
India, on Sunday morning, set two new Guinness World Records –for the most individuals performing Yoga at a single venue, and individuals from the largest number of nationalities performing it simultaneously. The prime minister took everyone by surprise when after delivering a short speech he came down from the stage and joined his fellow compatriots to practice yoga.
This is not the first successful campaign which Mr. Modi has led from the front; in fact, time and again he has proven his versatility of orchestrating large scale events. In this case the Ministry of AYUSH deployed available mediums of mass communication to sure widespread participation. It connected with people directly through SMSs, e-mail, on social media and in the form of TV and newspaper ads. All this bolstered the success of the event.
Yoga helps people to live a healthier life and the government did a fair job in promoting it. Ending open defecation would improve health in India a lot too, andwe feel that there is much that Swachh Bharat Mission can learn from International Yoga Day celebration.
Please go to livemint and see Nikhil and Aashish’s op-ed on the struggles being faced by the new Swachh Bharat Mission. They compile a lot of data from the website of the Swachh Bharat Mission to present the case that the mission is not any different from the Swachh Bharat Mission, and in some ways, may even be worse. It reduced spending on behavior change spending, for certain....Read More..
This week, FiveThirtyEight blog highlighted a newly-released working paper by Dean Spears and I. The paper, now posted as part of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working paper series, studies the infant mortality externalities of poor sanitation. The paper, “Neighborhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality,” can be downloaded at no cost from the Social Science Research Network....Read More..