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

What lies ahead for the Shiv Sena?

Is Shinde’s rebellion against Thackeray to be seen as the perfect palace coup which has given the rebel Sena camp the bargaining power to get the BJP to concede the chief minister’s post to the Sena?
Eknath Shinde takes oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra during the swearing-in ceremony, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Eknath Shinde takes oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra during the swearing-in ceremony, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 12:42 PM IST
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Number Theory: Why do women drop out of the labour force in India?

The biggest reason why women stop working, even looking for a job—this is what being in the labour force entails – is because they have to be home makers. As far as men are concerned, this is hardly a constraint.
The disproportionate burden of home making is not just a factor for married women or those who have not had the opportunity to educate themselves, but for all women. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
The disproportionate burden of home making is not just a factor for married women or those who have not had the opportunity to educate themselves, but for all women. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:37 PM IST
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Number Theory: How did the pandemic affect migration in India?

How did the pandemic affect migration in India in the ultimate analysis? This question might never be answered because the 2021 census, which might have captured the pandemic’s impact on migration, has been delayed.
Patna, India – May 21, 2020: Migrants who arrived on Shramik Special trains from various states seen at Danapur Railway station in Patna, India, on Thursday, May 21 2020. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Patna, India – May 21, 2020: Migrants who arrived on Shramik Special trains from various states seen at Danapur Railway station in Patna, India, on Thursday, May 21 2020. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 12:41 PM IST
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Anxiety over quality and quantity of jobs may be behind Agnipath protests

The reforms were announced at a time with the economy is coping with the pandemic’s disruption which has heightened economic anxieties, especially for those at the bottom of the pyramid. Here are four charts which explain this in detail
A transport vehicle after it was set on fire by protesters during Bihar Bandh, called to protest against Centre's Agnipath scheme, in Jehanabad, Saturday, June 18. (PTI)
A transport vehicle after it was set on fire by protesters during Bihar Bandh, called to protest against Centre's Agnipath scheme, in Jehanabad, Saturday, June 18. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 02:17 PM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

Road transport speed: IMF report ranks India below Pak but...

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper published in May ranked Pakistan higher than India in terms of average speed
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Updated on Jun 17, 2022 11:13 AM IST
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Number Theory: Reading Covid’s impact on India’s labour market

How did the labour markets recover when lockdown restrictions were removed? Has the pandemic left long-term scars for India’s workers?
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Updated on Jun 15, 2022 11:12 AM IST
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Covid vaccination lag grows amid case rise

There is an increasing number of people not showing up for their second shots of Covid-19, data analysed by HT shows, heightening concerns about the country’s vulnerability to the pandemic at a time when cases have begun to rise in several parts of the country.
Noida, India-June 09, 2022: A health worker collects a swab sample for Covid-19 test, at District Hospital, Sector 30, in Noida, India, on Thursday, June 09, 2022. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Noida, India-June 09, 2022: A health worker collects a swab sample for Covid-19 test, at District Hospital, Sector 30, in Noida, India, on Thursday, June 09, 2022. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 12:26 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Four maps that capture the progress of monsoon

Usually, this system arrives in India’s north-western parts only in the last week of June. Historically, either due to other pre-monsoon weather systems or the early arrival of monsoon, it has rained in around 90% of the country for at least one day in the first week of June.
According to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) gridded dataset, India has received 17.7mm of rainfall so far this June (up to 8:30am on June 8).
According to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) gridded dataset, India has received 17.7mm of rainfall so far this June (up to 8:30am on June 8).
Updated on Jun 10, 2022 12:57 PM IST
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Urban-rural life expectancy gap widened slightly before pandemic

However, the gap between urban and rural India and that between women and men widened, according to data released by the Office of the Registrar General of India.
The life expectancy of the average Indian at birth increased to 69.7 years in the pre-pandemic 2015-2019 period as compared to 69.4 years in the 2014-18 period. (HT PHOTO)
The life expectancy of the average Indian at birth increased to 69.7 years in the pre-pandemic 2015-2019 period as compared to 69.4 years in the 2014-18 period. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 07, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Number Theory | Extreme temperature variations are becoming the norm in Delhi

An HT analysis of long-term temperature data shows that such inter-day and inter-week variations in temperature are becoming more common in Delhi. Here are four charts which explain this.
Just after a week of this change from hot to cold weather, Delhi’s weather somersaulted again and the heatwave returned with a vengeance. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Just after a week of this change from hot to cold weather, Delhi’s weather somersaulted again and the heatwave returned with a vengeance. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 05:07 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Why monthly death data is the missing element in the Covid-19 mortality debate

As per Office of the Registrar General of India's 9OCGI) data, there were 160,618 medically certified Covid-19 deaths in 2020.
Image used inly for representation.
Image used inly for representation.
Published on Jun 04, 2022 05:37 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

A growing, nationwide problem of booster lag

  • The third dose is important because immunity from the two doses wanes after a while.
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(HT Photos)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 12:06 PM IST
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Number Theory: What does NFHS tell us about the pandemic’s employment impact?

An HT analysis of unit level data from the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) shows that the economic pain in labour markets did not decrease enough with the removal of lockdown restrictions.
The National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) – it was conducted between June 2019 and May 2021 – emerges as a useful proxy for the pandemic’s impact on employment. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) – it was conducted between June 2019 and May 2021 – emerges as a useful proxy for the pandemic’s impact on employment. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 27, 2022 01:24 PM IST
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Medically certified deaths due to Covid-19 exceed official death toll in 2020

A bulletin of the Sample Registration System (SRS), also released by ORGI on May 25, shows that the Covid-19 pandemic also seems to have halted the declining trend of death rates in India in 2020.
Deaths due to Covid-19 were the third leading cause of death among medically certified deaths in 2020. (HT File Photo)
Deaths due to Covid-19 were the third leading cause of death among medically certified deaths in 2020. (HT File Photo)
Published on May 26, 2022 10:13 AM IST
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Number Theory: Understanding the fall in India’s fertility rate

India’s TFR fell from 2.2 in NFHS-4 to 2 in NFHS-5 – means that a country’s population will not grow in the long-term.
TFR is the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her child-bearing years. (HT Photo)
TFR is the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her child-bearing years. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2022 11:44 AM IST
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Inequality worries bigger than what NFHS illustrates

In the first of a five-part data journalism series based on National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) data, HT's data and political economy team finds that India's inequality problem is far sharper than what is made out by the data
India has an inequality problem and it is far sharper than what it is made out to by NFHS data.(Bloomberg)
India has an inequality problem and it is far sharper than what it is made out to by NFHS data.(Bloomberg)
Updated on May 24, 2022 03:16 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Heatwaves persist but some areas remain cooler than average

The plight of Delhi and large parts of north-west and central India is in sharp contrast with large parts of the country, which were actually cooler than historical average in the second week of May.
A group of youngsters play in a canal to beat the heat in Surat on Monday. (PTI)
A group of youngsters play in a canal to beat the heat in Surat on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:17 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Why India’s booster roll-out needs a boost

The proportion of those not turning up for the booster dose has also been increasing with each passing day. Compared to current 86.1 million or 75% of those eligible, those who missed their third shot numbered 48.3 million or 68% of those eligible on April 10, the first day all adults became eligible for it.
On January 9, the seven-day average of vaccination sites was at an all-time high: 102,670.
On January 9, the seven-day average of vaccination sites was at an all-time high: 102,670.
Updated on May 14, 2022 11:30 AM IST
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How will delimitation change electoral politics in Jammu & Kashmir?

The final order of the Delimitation Commission for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir has created a political controversy in the erstwhile state
The three members of the Delimitation Commission have signed off on the final order for restructuring the assembly seats in the Union Territory(ANI)
The three members of the Delimitation Commission have signed off on the final order for restructuring the assembly seats in the Union Territory(ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:33 AM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore

Number Theory: What does CRS data tell us about India’s Covid deaths?

Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul recently said the latest CRS numbers show that claims of India’s official Covid-19 death toll being gross underestimates are untrue. An HT analysis shows that this conclusion is best reserved.
Workers put on personal protective suits before carrying the body of a Covid-19 victim for cremation in Delhi in September 2020 (AP File Photo)
Workers put on personal protective suits before carrying the body of a Covid-19 victim for cremation in Delhi in September 2020 (AP File Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2022 01:03 PM IST
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India registers fewer births in pandemic year: CRS data

A total of 24.22 million births and 8.12 million deaths were registered in India in 2020, according to a CRS report released on May 3 by the Office of the Registrar General of India under MHA.
India is not the first country to report a fall in births during a pandemic and similar trend was reported in many high-income countries. (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
India is not the first country to report a fall in births during a pandemic and similar trend was reported in many high-income countries. (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 04, 2022 11:40 AM IST
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49% of Indian workers are employed outdoors in scorching heat

Over the past few weeks, large parts of the country have seen severe heatwaves.
Labourers work at a construction site on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Labourers work at a construction site on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Updated on May 03, 2022 12:18 PM IST
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Number Theory: Why a minor deviation in April’s heat felt far hotter

According to IMD's own analysis until April 28, India's maximum temperature was the fourth highest since 1901, and 1.12 degrees above normal.
India’s average maximum temperature for April was 35.83 degrees Celsius, 0.86 degrees higher than the 1981-2010 average. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT)
India’s average maximum temperature for April was 35.83 degrees Celsius, 0.86 degrees higher than the 1981-2010 average. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT)
Updated on May 02, 2022 07:31 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Grasping the challenges in India’s booster rollout

Only around 40% of people in the 12-15 years age group and 79% of those in the 15-18 years age group has received first doses (they became eligible for them on March 16 and January 3 respectively).
The current pace of vaccination is low even if one allows for the gap requirement of nine months for boosters, and the fact that most adults have been fully vaccinated.(Rahul Raut/HT File Photo)
The current pace of vaccination is low even if one allows for the gap requirement of nine months for boosters, and the fact that most adults have been fully vaccinated.(Rahul Raut/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 06:19 AM IST
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By, New Delhi, Hindustan Times

A look at where and why forest fires occur in summer season

How widespread are the summer fires? Where and why do they occur? How widespread are they in the current year? Here are four charts that answer these questions.
The data analysed by HT shows that this year there are more fires in March and April than at any other time of the year.
The data analysed by HT shows that this year there are more fires in March and April than at any other time of the year.
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 05:06 PM IST
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Number Theory: March 2022 was oddly hot for the world, not just India

What makes this unusually warm March even more exceptional is that it followed long-term trends despite La Niña conditions. “At the global scale, the temperatures are rising regardless of the state of the tropical Pacific…,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of GISS.
The average temperature in 2022 for the planet as a whole was 1.07 degrees Celsius (°C) warmer than its mean in the 1951-1980 period (used as the normal by GISS), according to the GISTEMP gridded data, the temperature dataset developed by GISS. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The average temperature in 2022 for the planet as a whole was 1.07 degrees Celsius (°C) warmer than its mean in the 1951-1980 period (used as the normal by GISS), according to the GISTEMP gridded data, the temperature dataset developed by GISS. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 10:06 AM IST
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Number Theory: How hot has India’s April 2022 been so far?

March 2022 was the ninth hottest March in India since 1951 by average maximum temperature, according to India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) gridded temperature dataset.
While the April 1-17 period is among the hottest for north-west India -- it is the second hottest in Delhi since 1951.(HT Photo)
While the April 1-17 period is among the hottest for north-west India -- it is the second hottest in Delhi since 1951.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 03:07 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Number Theory: The March of summer - A cool start with a hot end

An HT analysis of India Meteorological Department (IMD) data shows that this March was an ‘unusual’ month.
The month of March has just ended, but the heatwave is already on the rise. (Representational photo)
The month of March has just ended, but the heatwave is already on the rise. (Representational photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 12:12 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

The March of summer: A cool start with a hot end

March 2022 saw heatwaves in various parts of India although it is only after the spring equinox on March 20 that the northern hemisphere starts heating up
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Published on Apr 03, 2022 11:54 PM IST
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Record night temp behind unusually hot, dry March

The hottest of days were not evenly spread across the month for either city, but instead occurred sporadically
Students try to protect themselves from the scorching heat. (ANI PHOTO)
Students try to protect themselves from the scorching heat. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 01, 2022 12:10 PM IST
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