Fertility rates in India are more closely related to education levels and the socio-economic development within a state, than to religious beliefs, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government data and research evidence.
The evidence we analyze shows that richer families, states with better health facilities and higher female literacy have lower fertility rates in India. Globally, there is little evidence to link religion and fertility rates, with poorer, conflict-ridden states and countries with lower female empowerment reporting higher population growth rates.
More than 20,000 people lost their lives in hit-and-run cases nationwide in 2015, according to government data, and the reluctance of witnesses to be involved because of legal entanglements illustrates the need for clear laws to support "good samaritans", as the state describes them.
Hit-and-run cases accounted for 11.4 per cent of total accidents in 2015, an increase from 10.9 per cent in 2014, according to road transport ministry data.
As Prakash Javadekar takes charge of a ministry that appeared to impede the Prime Minister's desire to see world-class Indian universities, step one could be to get his ministry's first-ever national ranking in order.
It may seem like a no-brainer to say that we need data to guide efforts to end malnutrition. Would you run an economy without a regular stream of credible data? You'd be flying blind if you did, and we know what happens if you try to do that. And yet this is precisely the situation that those trying to end malnutrition in India find themselves in.
In October 2014 Karuppasamy (name changed), a farmer in Tamil Nadu's western district of Pudukkottai, had no choice but to rent a pump-set to irrigate his farm when the rains were delayed and insufficient.
To pay for the pump, Karuppasamy took a loan from the local moneylender. He did not consider approaching a nearby bank because he had to get water to the fields within a very short window.
A staggering 1,275 people died in police custody in India between 2001 and 2013 but less than 50 per cent of custodial deaths led to a case being registered, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows.
The deaths in judicial custody - or in prisons-reported by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are much higher.
About 12,727 people are reported to have died in judicial custody between 2001 and 2010.
The data for the later years (2013 onwards) are being compiled, according to the Home Minister's reply to a Lok Sabha question.