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Census of India, 2011

The next decennial census of India will be held in February 2011. The provisional figures will be released by the end of March 2011. It may be recalled that ever since 1881, India has conducted a census every 10 years, without any interruption. I asked the census commissioner, C Chan dramouli: “What...

K N Raj: Director of Plays

Having read the scholarly articles on K N Raj in EPW (13 March), I am provoked to comment on his lighter side. I had joined the Delhi School of Economics (DSE) in 1954 as a PhD scholar, with V K R V Rao (known as alphabet Rao) as my supervisor. Rao had told us about a brilliant young economist, K N...

Whither NRHM?

Your editorial “Evaluation of the Health Mission” (EPW, 23 January) has aptly summarised the Comptroller and Auditor General’s performance audit of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for the year ending 2008. To recall, the NRHM (2005-12) was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005...

Violation of Workers' Rights

The shocking report on “Violation of Workers’ Rights at the Commonwealth Games Construction Site” (EPW, 13 June 2009) brings out the extent of exploitation and misery of the migrant workers from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and other states. These workers have to work mostly in the open when the...

Census and the Aam Admi

If the government is to modernise the census process, the next decennial census to be held in 2011 should make collection of information on the aam admi a priority.

Making the 2011 Census a Tool for Good Governance

This note makes a number of organisational suggestions for the Census of 2011. It is just two years away and yet there is little sign of any urgency in the Ministry of Home Affairs, the administrative agency, in planning and organising for a comprehensive census.

Increasing Life Expectancy and the Elderly

An analysis of the abridged life tables issued by the registrar general of India as well as data from the latest Human Development Report shows that increased life expectancy does not automatically lead to a better quality of life for the elderly, especially the women.

Accuracy of the 2001 Census: Highlights of Post-Enumeration Survey

The results of the Post- Enumeration Survey of the 2001 Census (conducted to ascertain the accuracy of the census) do not answer a number of questions regarding the content errors of the census. This article analyses the survey and points out the urgent need to look anew at the census methodology for assessing its accuracy.

India's Disturbing Health Card

The National Family Health Survey-3 data shows disturbing trends for children and women in the reproductive age, especially in the "sick" states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Significantly, Himachal Pradesh is progressive on several indicators and comparable to Kerala, while West Bengal is showing signs of joining the ailing states.

Beyond Population Projections: Growing North-South Disparity

This article analyses the trends in the population projections made by the registrar general of India for the years 2001-26. It finds several disturbing trends, for example, in the sex ratio, infant mortality rate, and disproportionate population growth in certain key states in the north.

Speeding Up Reduction in Maternal Mortality

The recently launched Janani Suraksha Yojana of the government of India to speed up the reduction of maternal mortality should focus more on the creation of health infrastructure and ensuring road connectivity in the rural areas rather than merely doling out money to poor families. This article critically analyses the various aspects of the scheme.

Falling Fertility and Rising Anaemia?

A significant drawback of the National Family Health Survey, including the third survey of 2005-06, is the lack of district-wise data as the sample size does not permit generalisation at the district level. While the fall in the total fertility rate in the five states for which NFHS-3 results have been released is to be welcomed, one cannot draw any general conclusion until the data for the BIMARU states comes in. The data on anaemia prevalence among women and children, however, is disturbing.

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