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Aadhaar-based biometric authentication was made mandatory for obtaining rations under the Public Distribution System in Ranchi district in Jharkhand in August 2016.  In this article, Nazar Khalid demonstrates that even a year later, a significant fraction of cardholders is still

Patriarchal attitudes in India limiting women's work hurt both the economy and society.   In this article, author Payal Hathi looks at the reasons for low women's participation in the Indian labour force and proposes workable steps that can be taken

The ‘Million Death Study’ shows that the death rate of under-five children in India dropped from about 90 per 1,000 to about 47 during 2000-2015. However, improvements in death rates in the first month of life have been slow, and

This review by Abhay Rao of "Where India Goes:  Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste" by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears highlights their examination of the role of caste identities and notions of ritual purity in explaining

In this discussion of the new book, "Where India Goes:  Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste," by r.i.c.e. co-founders, Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, the author of the article, Awanish Kumar calls the book "a path breaking

Writing about how caste system-based medieval notions of purity and cleanliness are impeding progress toward eliminating the practice of open defecation in rural India, author Rahul Jacob observes that the likelihood of the average Indian falling sick due to unsafe

In this article, r.i.c.e. reseacher Nikhil Srivastav asserts that independent studies on the Swachh Bharat Mission don't confirm government claims of the success of its efforts to make India open defecation free.   He cites flaws in the structure of government

In this review of 'Where India Goes:  Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste, author Sudhirendar Sharma states, "A well-researched book points out that Swachh Bharat will remain a work in progress until the cultural sociology of open

In India, early initiation of breastfeeding and the practice of nourishing babies exclusively by breastfeeding for the first 6 months are growing.  Given the poor health condition of mothers, however,  breastfed children can be poorly nourished.  Author Rukmini S cites

A promotional event for the film, Toilet:  Ek Prem Katha, was held at the 4th season finale of Hindustan Times Friday Jam.  The film addresses the issue of open defecation in parts of India.  The event featured appearances by stars

India is ranked 100 out of 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI).  GHI rankings are based on the adequacy of child caloric intake, child wasting (low weight for height), stunting (lower height than typical for age), and under

In this article, concerning sexual violence experienced by women in India, author Rukmini S cites data reported by the NFHS 2005-2006 (more recent data on this subject is not available) and analyzed by Aashish Gupta of r.i.c.e. showing that 2.3%

In this article,  author Sapna Gopal argues that if India reduced its air pollution to comply with the air quality standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), Indians would live about four years longer on average, according to a study

Indian workers check newly built toilets in the stockyard of a factory in Morbi, some 230km from Ahmedabad, on November 18, 2016, on the eve of World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day (WTD), held on November 19 each year, is

The issue of whether to continue the current exception for marital rape that exists under the law in India that criminalizes rape is the subject of widespread debate and a case before the Delhi High Court.  In this article, author

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