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

Number Theory: Four key questions that will matter for the economy in 2023

As the New Year begins amid renewed hope, what will 2023 hold for the economy — both Indian and global?

India continues to take proactive steps to reach their goal of $5 trillion economy. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 07:34 AM IST

Number Theory: Tracking employment data in ’22 as jobs return 2 yrs after Covid

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020, economies all around the world have learnt that they must balance lives and livelihood to survive.

Number Theory: Tracking employment data in ’22 as jobs return 2 yrs after Covid
Updated on Dec 30, 2022 04:12 AM IST

Max 15.6°C, min 5°C: Delhi fights biting cold as sun stays away

The night was coldest in south Delhi’s Aya Nagar, with the minimum a sharp 4°C, while the day was coolest in southwest Delhi’s Jafarpur, which saw a maximum of just 11°C.

A thick mist above the Yamuna on Monday morning. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 04:49 AM IST
ByJasjeev Gandhiok & Abhishek Jha

No sign yet of China virus surge in India Covid data

The rise in Covid-19 cases in neighbouring China now has the attention of the top authorities in India, including the prime minister and the union health minister. None of them has suggested any drastic measures yet (and rightly so), and only all advised pandemic-appropriate behaviour and more surveillance. There is good reason for this.

The seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases in India was 139 in the week ending December 21, the lowest since the week ending March 31 in 2020. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 09:24 AM IST

Three reasons India will not see a Covid-wave like China’s

An HT analysis of data from China and India suggests that India is likely better protected than China. However, this analysis also shows that this fact will not remain true without dynamic action on the vaccination front.

Visitors line up at Baoding No. 2 Central Hospital in Zhuozhou city in northern China's Hebei province on Wednesday(AP)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 04:40 PM IST
By, New Delhi, Hindustan Times

If December isn’t very cold, 2022 will be one of the warmest ever years

Frost and snow gave way to a mild weather in the United Kingdom on Monday, a trend that is likely to persist up to Christmas, the country’s Met Office predicted . This has a parallel in India, where there has not been much or any snow in the Himalayas.

 (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 04:55 AM IST

Number theory: Tracking the dramatic temperature changes India saw through 2022

To be sure, while 2022 is in the top 20% coldest years by maximum temperature, it ends up on the warmer half when we look at the minimum temperature.

Hazy weather over the skyline as sun sets in the backdrop over Vihar Lake in Mumbai.(HT file)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 01:46 PM IST

India’s vaccine coverage stagnant for over a month amid surge in cases abroad

India has made remarkable progress in vaccinating people against Covid-19 since the beginning of the immunisation drive in January 2021. However, since September, when a free window for boosters was discontinued, it has faltered in this initiative.

(Representational image/Reuters Archive)
Updated on Dec 15, 2022 04:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Did Old Pension Scheme win Himachal Pradesh for the Congress?

Anecdotal accounts of the party’s campaign in Himachal Pradesh suggest that the Congress gained significantly because of its promise to restore Old Pension Scheme

If only postal ballots are taken into account, Congress has a lead in 50 assembly constituencies (ACs) out of 68 in Himachal Pradesh. Even in Gujarat, the Congress lead increases to 27 from its current tally of just 17 in the current assembly. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 10, 2022 04:34 AM IST

Vote split not key factor behind BJP’s win in Gujarat: Poll arithmetic decoded

Vote split alone cannot explain the results in Gujarat. It is likely the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the efficient campaign the BJP ran, helped it more than vote cutting did.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the biggest ever victory in a Gujarat assembly elections (AP)
Updated on Dec 10, 2022 05:18 AM IST

Congress’s dwindling fortunes, in 4 maps

In winning Himachal Pradesh back, the Congress has merely repeated a pattern that has held since 1990

In the 1996 polls, its vote share went below 30% for the first time and has never gone above since. (ANI image)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 02:27 PM IST

Vote share spoilers hit poll fortunes of 3 major parties in Gujarat

Did the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) act as a spoiler in the 2022 Gujarat elections? If it did, how much of an impact did it have on the Gujarat results? An HT analysis shows that the answer is not straightforward

Mumbai, Dec 08 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters holding party flags celebrate the party's victory in the Gujarat Assembly Elections, at party office in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 02:18 AM IST

BJP footprint on seats it never won before in Gujarat assembly

Not only has the BJP added 29 seats to its previous all-time best of 127 seats in 2002, it has also beaten the record of 149 seats that the Congress achieved in the 1985 elections

Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel with other BJP leaders during the party’s celebrations after the election results on Thursday (ANI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 05:56 AM IST

Seat share vs vote share: Congress’s victory maths in Himachal

While the Congress’s seat share to vote share ratio has increased significantly from 0.74 to 1.34 between 2017 and 2022, the BJP’s has fallen sharply from 1.33 to 0.85.

Congress supporters celebrate the party’s victory in Kullu.region of Himachal Pradesh (HT PHoto/Aqil Khan)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 04:07 PM IST

Four key messages from the elections

Is there a larger takeaway from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress victories in these two states?

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Published on Dec 09, 2022 12:03 AM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

With 80% vote count so far, Congress takes lead over BJP in Himachal

The Congress party has established a lead over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections with around 80% of votes counted in the hill state until 12

Congress takes lead in Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 01:01 PM IST

Victory margins show 2022 MCD polls more closely fought

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), that won on Wednesday, has a seat share of 54%, lower than the 66% seat share for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won the elections in 2017

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia after the MCD poll in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 01:59 AM IST

Delhi riots may have left impact on vote patterns

An analysis of the AAP’s seat share shows that in the Muslim-dominated assembly constituencies of North East Delhi and East Delhi parliamentary constituencies, the AAP has either lost seat share compared to 2017 or did not have a significant seat share to begin with

Security officers stand guard outside a strong room where ballot boxes are kept, after the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 12:47 AM IST

Significance of the MCD results — in three charts

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has secured a simple majority in the 2022 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, winning 134 wards in the 250-ward corporation. By doing so, it has wrested the (erstwhile) three MCDs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 181 out of the 272 wards in the MCD polls held in 2017.

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Updated on Dec 08, 2022 02:11 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore

Three things we know about the Delhi municipal poll results so far

A comparison with the 2017 MCD results shows that the BJP has actually managed to increase its vote share by a couple of percentage points while the AAP is at an increase of 16 percentage points so far

Security personnel guarding the complex containing EVMs for MCD elections 2022 on the eve of counting day, at Gole Market in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 11:42 AM IST

Number Theory: Has winter arrived early in Delhi this year?

There is no temperature threshold, which defines winter officially. While IMD calls the December-February period as winter, these are not the coldest months (at least in terms of maximum temperature) in all of India.

Although it might have felt like an early winter during the day in Delhi, that is not really the case at nights when minimum temperature is recorded. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 03:48 PM IST

What was music to Indian ears in 2022?

While the company only gives away select statistics, such as most streamed artists, the Spotify app features playlists of the most streamed tracks. The data from these playlists can be used to answer an even more interesting question: How India’s music taste compared to the world in 2022.

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Published on Dec 02, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Number Theory: What is behind the relatively cleaner air in Delhi this November?

Delhi’s average Air Quality Index (AQI) for November was 321.

Number Theory: What is behind the relatively cleaner air in Delhi this November?
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 12:33 PM IST

Number Theory: Prez Murmu’s concerns about criminal justice system are spot-on

An HT analysis of prison statistics for 2021 released earlier this year suggests that the President’s comments about how the criminal justice system is biased against the poor and underprivileged are backed by data.

Number Theory: Prez Murmu’s concerns about criminal justice system are spot-on
Updated on Nov 30, 2022 01:51 PM IST

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))
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)
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)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 07:52 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

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)
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)
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)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 04:28 PM IST
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