Abhishek Jha

Abhishek Jha is a data journalist. He analyses public data for finding news, with a focus on the environment, Indian politics and economy, and Covid-19.

Articles by Abhishek Jha

Urban unemployment improved to best level in July-September

Data also suggests that at least some of the improvement could be because of an increase in poor-quality jobs, a trend seen regularly since the Covid-19 pandemic

India’s urban unemployment rate was 7.2% in the quarter ending September 2022. (AP (Representative))
India’s urban unemployment rate was 7.2% in the quarter ending September 2022. (AP (Representative))
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 09:45 AM IST

Linking Walkar case to ‘love jihad’ a disservice to larger gender issues

Even as investigations into the alleged murder of Shradha Walkar by her live-in partner Aftab Poonawala continue, there have been efforts in some quarters to link this dastardly crime to “love jihad”.

Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused to have murdered his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, being brought to the Mehrauli forest area, in New Delhi, November 15, 2022 (PTI)
Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused to have murdered his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, being brought to the Mehrauli forest area, in New Delhi, November 15, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 01:40 PM IST

Number Theory: What a three-way contest entails for Gujarat polls

If the AAP does manage to get a vote share in Gujarat to reckon with and the contest does become triangular, what impact will it have on the state’s politics?

Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a BJP public meeting ahead of Gujarat Assembly election in Bhavnagar. (PTI)
Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a BJP public meeting ahead of Gujarat Assembly election in Bhavnagar. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 07:52 PM IST

Number theory: Gujarat’s economic inequality challenge

An analysis of the 2017 assembly results shows that the BJP’s losses were not confined to the poorest regions of the state, suggesting that there isn’t a complete correlation between economic well-being and support for the party in the state.

Representational image(AFP Photo)
Representational image(AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2022 11:42 AM IST

What can solve Delhi’s air pollution problem?

Not everything is judicially manageable, the Supreme Court said on Thursday as it declined to grant an urgent hearing to a petition demanding fresh guidelines on stubble burning and other crucial steps to curb the rising pollution in Delhi and surrounding areas.

Sanaur (Punjab), Nov 05 (ANI): Stubble being burnt in a paddy field near Sanaur, on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (Rajesh Sachar)
Sanaur (Punjab), Nov 05 (ANI): Stubble being burnt in a paddy field near Sanaur, on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (Rajesh Sachar)
Updated on Nov 11, 2022 11:08 AM IST

Number Theory: The past, present and aftermath of EWS reservation policy

In a 3-2 verdict, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court upheld the 103rd constitutional amendment, which gave a 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of social groups hitherto not entitled to reservations earlier

It is important to understand the context in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government announced EWS reservations in January 2019. (Representative image/HT Archive)
It is important to understand the context in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government announced EWS reservations in January 2019. (Representative image/HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 04:28 PM IST

Number Theory: Better post-Diwali air in Delhi mostly coincidental

According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) bulletin published by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), this year (AQI) saw the cleanest air since 2015, when the body started measuring air quality. But that may perhaps not be the best measure. This is because some air quality stations can stop functioning during the high pollution episodes of Diwali.

People burn firecrackers on Diwali at Mayur Vihar Phase2, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. (HT Photos)
People burn firecrackers on Diwali at Mayur Vihar Phase2, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. (HT Photos)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 10:42 AM IST

Number Theory: What to expect from air quality tonight

The average Air Quality Index (AQI) from consistently available data from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) bulletins shows that as recently as in the week ending October 21, the AQI in 2022 was better than the 2019-2021 average in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh.

The statistics for states other than Delhi also need to be taken with more than a grain of salt. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
The statistics for states other than Delhi also need to be taken with more than a grain of salt. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 24, 2022 04:03 PM IST

Challenges for Congress as a new chief takes over

Given the state of the Congress, it is fighting nothing short of a battle for survival. If one were to take a slightly long-term view of the Congress’s political performance, one can argue that Kharge’s challenge is to solve a problem which, in many ways, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi could not resolve during their terms as the Congress president.

New Delhi, India – October 19, 2022: Newly elected Indian National Congress (INC) president Mallikarjun Kharge shows the victory sign at his Rajaji Marg residence, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma, Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India – October 19, 2022: Newly elected Indian National Congress (INC) president Mallikarjun Kharge shows the victory sign at his Rajaji Marg residence, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma, Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 12:41 PM IST

Number theory: Is clean air now a warning of worse air quality days later?

Delhi has experienced some rare days of good air this week. The good air on two days was the result of unprecedented rain – the fourth highest since 1901 for the first 11 days of October – but it also serves as a warning of a coming peak of air pollution, an HT analysis of past rain, air quality, and active fires data shows.

A layer of smog over India Gate during the early hours of the morning on Kartavya Path in New Delhi, India. (HT Photo)
A layer of smog over India Gate during the early hours of the morning on Kartavya Path in New Delhi, India. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2022 11:58 AM IST

Number Theory: Festive mobility numbers are both good and bad news

An HT analysis of latest Google Mobility Data shows that festivals have likely led to a big push to consumer spending.

Idols of Goddess Durga being displayed by the Durga Puja committee at Red Road during the Durga Puja Carnival before the immersion, in Kolkata on Saturday. (ANI Photo)(Utpal Sarkar)
Idols of Goddess Durga being displayed by the Durga Puja committee at Red Road during the Durga Puja Carnival before the immersion, in Kolkata on Saturday. (ANI Photo)(Utpal Sarkar)
Updated on Oct 11, 2022 12:13 PM IST

Monsoon 2022 was statistically normal, not normally normal

An HT analysis of IMD’s gridded dataset – it differs slightly from IMD’s published statistics although it is directionally similar– shows that this year’s rainfall is more a statistical normal than what the term would suggest in practice.

 (PTI)
(PTI)
Updated on Oct 04, 2022 12:27 PM IST

Free Covid booster drive helped improve 3rd dose coverage

Data analysed by HT shows that even though more than 84% of all adults in the country are currently eligible for booster shots, less than a quarter have so far opted for the third shot – highlighting the challenge that still lies ahead in terms of booster coverage.

The 75-day nationwide window for free Covid-19 booster doses for all adults in India ended on Friday. (ANI)
The 75-day nationwide window for free Covid-19 booster doses for all adults in India ended on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 12:32 AM IST

Is Congress still an ideology based pan-Indian party?

The Indian National Congress, founded in 1885, led India’s freedom movement and then went on to become India’s dominant political party after Independence. For years, it was the only pan-Indian political party in the country. Does the Congress enjoy a similar stature today?

Congress flags waves at rallies
Congress flags waves at rallies
Updated on Sep 27, 2022 12:10 PM IST

Delhi crawls as rain in past week nine times the normal

Consistent rain has led to a sharp drop in daytime temperatures, with Thursday and Friday, when most of the rain took place, 7-8°C cooler than normal

Vehicles wade through a waterlogged stretch in heavy rain on the NH-48 service road near Narsinghpur village in Gurugram on Saturday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Vehicles wade through a waterlogged stretch in heavy rain on the NH-48 service road near Narsinghpur village in Gurugram on Saturday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2022 06:58 AM IST

Met predicts a rainy weekend after parts of Delhi go under

Inclement weather and rain are expected to continue over the weekend, though the intensity may reduce slightly on Sunday, weather scientists have predicted.

Vehicles drive though a waterlogged road in Delhi. (PTI photo)
Vehicles drive though a waterlogged road in Delhi. (PTI photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 05:05 AM IST

Delhi’s blow-hot-blow-cold September

Rains – first the lack of it, and then an almost continuous six-day spell – are the reason for these wild fluctuations

 (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 02:47 PM IST

Why Old Pension Scheme is bad politics, bad economics

The New Pension Scheme (NPS) – it was first implemented by the Centre in 2004 and 27 states have shifted to it since then – does not even come close in terms of future earnings to the OPS.

The New Pension Scheme (NPS) – it was first implemented by the Centre in 2004 and 27 states have shifted to it since then.(Representative image)
The New Pension Scheme (NPS) – it was first implemented by the Centre in 2004 and 27 states have shifted to it since then.(Representative image)
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 12:23 PM IST

Number Theory: 2022 was the warmest summer on the planet

An HT analysis of global temperature database maintained by NASA shows that the June-July-August (JJA) period might indeed have been the warmest the world has seen since 1880.

 (AP)
(AP)
Updated on Sep 20, 2022 11:08 AM IST

Free third Covid vaccine window nears end, many yet to get booster

As of Sunday night, there has so far been no announcement regarding a possible extension of the 75-day window to administer precaution doses free of cost to all aged 18 and above.

Patna: A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 preventive vaccine to a student, at a vaccination camp in Patna Women’s College, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI08_01_2022_000129B) (PTI)
Patna: A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 preventive vaccine to a student, at a vaccination camp in Patna Women’s College, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI08_01_2022_000129B) (PTI)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 11:31 AM IST

Four things to learn from the first-ever CUET results

An HT analysis of the preliminary results fact sheet released by NTA gives important insights into the exam.

The CUET-UG was conducted over a period of six weeks with tests in a given subject held on different days. (Photo: Saumya Khandelwal/HT | File image)
The CUET-UG was conducted over a period of six weeks with tests in a given subject held on different days. (Photo: Saumya Khandelwal/HT | File image)
Published on Sep 16, 2022 11:29 PM IST

Explaining the declining household burden of health spending in India

The latest report of National Health Accounts (NHA) – it has data for 2018-19 – shows that the burden of health spending on Indian households continues to reduce.

(Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
(Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Sep 14, 2022 12:02 PM IST

Number Theory: Behind the systemic roots of urban flooding in India

The fact that such instances are spreading to more cities and happening with greater frequency, suggests that something is broken in our response to such events.

Residents of a waterlogged locality try to reach a safer place with making sit their children in a fridge following heavy rains, in Bengaluru on Tuesday (ANI)
Residents of a waterlogged locality try to reach a safer place with making sit their children in a fridge following heavy rains, in Bengaluru on Tuesday (ANI)
Updated on Sep 07, 2022 10:36 AM IST

What explains massive flooding in Bengaluru?

The city received more rain in the 24 hours to 8.30 AM Monday than it did in 99.9% of the days since the begining of the 20th century (the average for the city was 58.5 mm, the 44th highest in any 24-hour period since January 1, 1901).

Members of a rescue team row their boat past submerged vehicles following torrential rains in Bengaluru, India, September 5, 2022. (REUTERS/Samuel Rajkumar)
Members of a rescue team row their boat past submerged vehicles following torrential rains in Bengaluru, India, September 5, 2022. (REUTERS/Samuel Rajkumar)
Updated on Sep 06, 2022 10:29 AM IST

India’s urban unemployment rate improves across genders, age groups to best-ever level: Survey

The quarterly bulletin of the Periodic Labour Force Survey also suggests that at least some of this improvement is because of a higher than usual engagement in poor quality jobs in the quarter ending June 2022

India’s headline urban unemployment rate was 7.6% in the quarter ending this June, compared to 8.2% in the quarter ending March, 12.7% in the June quarter of 2021-22, and 8.9% in the June quarter of 2019-20. (Representational image)
India’s headline urban unemployment rate was 7.6% in the quarter ending this June, compared to 8.2% in the quarter ending March, 12.7% in the June quarter of 2021-22, and 8.9% in the June quarter of 2019-20. (Representational image)
Updated on Aug 31, 2022 11:56 PM IST

Delhi gets driest August in 16 years

The month of August ended with 41.6mm of rainfall for Delhi, translating to a deficit of 83% from the normal of 247.7mm for the month, making it the Capital’s driest August in 16 years, data from India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed on Wednesday.

 (Hindustan Times)
(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 01, 2022 12:08 AM IST

Why Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand need to step up flood management

Two of India’s Himalayan states, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have seen multiple instances of flash floods this monsoon season. Is this a result of abnormal rainfall, or something else? An HT analysis of various data sets shows that multiple factors, including growth in habitations, need to be taken into account to understand the growing risks of floods in these regions and that mechanical interpretation of rainfall data can be misleading.

A general view of the section of a railway bridge washed away by the deluge at the Chakki River after flash floods in Kangra district, in India’s Himachal Pradesh state on August 20, 2022. - At least 15 people were killed in India after heavy monsoon rains triggered flash floods and landslides near the Himalayan foothills, authorities said August 20, 2022. (Photo by AFP) (AFP)
A general view of the section of a railway bridge washed away by the deluge at the Chakki River after flash floods in Kangra district, in India’s Himachal Pradesh state on August 20, 2022. - At least 15 people were killed in India after heavy monsoon rains triggered flash floods and landslides near the Himalayan foothills, authorities said August 20, 2022. (Photo by AFP) (AFP)
Published on Aug 31, 2022 05:34 PM IST

Skilling can change the self-employment game, but…

An Economic and Political Weekly paper shows that skill enhancement programmes such as the government’s Skill India Mission can play a major role. The only challenge seems to be that workers are either not aware of or not convinced about the benefits of such programmes

The Indian economy suffered a contraction of 23.8% and 6.6% in the quarters ending June and September 2020 and grew at just 0.7% in the quarter ending December 2020. (HT Photo)
The Indian economy suffered a contraction of 23.8% and 6.6% in the quarters ending June and September 2020 and grew at just 0.7% in the quarter ending December 2020. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2022 08:16 AM IST

Suicide deaths in India have grown across age groups

Suicide deaths per million population were at their highest level in India in 2021, data released last week by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) showed, continuing a disturbing trend also evident in 2020

Suicide deaths among men have grown at a faster pace than among women since the pandemic; suicide deaths among men already accounted for 70% of all suicides. (iStock Photo)
Suicide deaths among men have grown at a faster pace than among women since the pandemic; suicide deaths among men already accounted for 70% of all suicides. (iStock Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2022 05:06 PM IST

Deaths by suicide at their highest rate in 2021, shows NCRB data

The fastest increase in deaths by suicide was observed among students and small entrepreneurs, much like what was observed in the 2020 edition of the reports

The fastest increase in deaths by suicide in 2021 was observed among students and small entrepreneurs. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The fastest increase in deaths by suicide in 2021 was observed among students and small entrepreneurs. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 29, 2022 09:11 AM IST
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