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The Caravan recently published Sangita's article on dangerously high levels  of outdoor air pollution in rural India, a problem which garners very little attention. Read the article here.

The Caravan's cover story this month is on the Swachh Bharat Mission, and concludes that it is "heading for failure." The article compellingly points out that addressing manual scavenging is essential for a successful SBM. Sagar writes: The Swachh Bharat Mission raises questions

Reservation in jobs, and in academic institution is seen as one of the most delicate issues being discussed in contemporary India. Our research fellow, Nidhi Khurana, used Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) data to address several aspects and fallacies

The article highlights a pit-emptying drives by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in the presence of Minister of the Ministry, in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh. This article talks about how this step is important

The article highlights a pit-emptying drives by the Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in Warangal district of Telangana. It also stresses on the role of caste in the high number of open defectors in the India,

Kumkum Dasgupta, the Associate Editor at the Hindustan Times, puts together evidence from across the country and finds that the “mad rush for the toilets under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan [is] flouting citizens’ rights.” She also uses our Social Attitudes Research for

Swachh Bharat Mission since its inception has been facing a drought in terms of policy solutions. Given that 2019 is the target for achieving an open defecation free India, the program has already lived half of its life and yet

Anumeha Yadav at Scroll writes about the Ministry of Women and Child Development's potential plans to limit maternity benefits to just one child instead of two, as the current plan does.   Though the two-child limit is already in violation

Elections are underway in five states in India, and one issue that is glaringly missing from campaigns is deadly air pollution. Sangita discusses why this could be the case in an article published in Scroll. One reason could be because

The Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation should be commended for setting a good example by emptying the decomposed waste from a twin-pit latrine in Warangal district. Diane and Sangita talk about why this was such an important step forward

Yamini Aiyer, senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and director of the Accountability Initiative, writes about the constraints in achieving the country’s goal of achieving a Swachh Bharat in Live Mint. Apart from the government data, the article

In the final article in the four-part series on the data reporting on data collected by the new survey, Social Attitudes Research for India, Diane discusses the implications for early-life health of women eating last.

In this article, Amit discusses public opinions on reservations, based on data collected from the Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) Survey. The results indicate that a majority of the most educated and historically well-to-do communities in Delhi do not feel

The second article of the four-party SARI series in The Hindu is out! In this article, Amit and Diane discuss just how commonly untouchability is still practiced in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the two regions in which the Social Attitudes Research for India Survey

In the first of a four-part series, Amit and Diane discuss attitudes towards inter-caste marriage. Using data from a new r.i.c.e. survey called Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI), they find that nearly 50% of the non-Scheduled Caste respondents in Delhi and 70% in

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