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

A data-driven view of the ongoing Hijab controversy

On February 11, the Supreme Court refused to hear a petition on the ongoing hijab controversy, even as the case is being heard before the Karnataka high court
Women holding placards stage a protest in Thane against the hijab ban imposed in the few colleges in Karnataka, at Mumbra, in Thane(ANI)
Women holding placards stage a protest in Thane against the hijab ban imposed in the few colleges in Karnataka, at Mumbra, in Thane(ANI)
Updated on Feb 15, 2022 11:34 PM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

A close look at today’s polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa

A total of 165 assembly constituencies (ACs) across Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Goa will vote in the second and second-largest phase on February 14 in what is now a nine-phase election after polling dates for Manipur were revised.
Polling officials carrying the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) and other necessary inputs required for the Uttarakhand Assembly Election, at a distribution centre, in Dehradun on Sunday. February 13, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Polling officials carrying the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) and other necessary inputs required for the Uttarakhand Assembly Election, at a distribution centre, in Dehradun on Sunday. February 13, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2022 04:38 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Amid slugfest over Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Kerala’ remark, data offers reality check

Has the work done by the Yogi Adityanath government catapulted UP into a better state than Kerala, West Bengal, and the UT of J&K? Is Kerala the best state in human development outcomes? HT analyses 21 indicators from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) conducted in 2019-21.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s claim in a video message prompted a sharp response from Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (AP)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s claim in a video message prompted a sharp response from Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (AP)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 05:19 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Factors at play in turbulent west UP

The seven phases of polling in Uttar Pradesh move from west to east. The first round of polling will see voting in nine of the 71 districts in the state. Agra, Aligarh and Mathura are some of the districts that will vote today.
Of the nine Uttar Pradesh districts going to polls in the first phase today, six have a share of Muslim population which is higher than the state average. (HT File Photo)
Of the nine Uttar Pradesh districts going to polls in the first phase today, six have a share of Muslim population which is higher than the state average. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 10, 2022 12:49 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha,

Number theory: Why this round of state elections is crucial for the BJP?

When election results are declared on the March 10, the interpretations of the BJP’s success or lack of in these elections, will not just be confined to these state-specific results.
Ten states and two Union territories (UTs) have gone to polls after the results of 2019 Lok Sabha elections were announced in May. (File photo)
Ten states and two Union territories (UTs) have gone to polls after the results of 2019 Lok Sabha elections were announced in May. (File photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2022 07:10 AM IST
By, Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Has the third wave’s economic disruption bottomed out?

There is a broad consensus that the health costs of the third wave – the large number of cases notwithstanding – have been significantly lower than the second wave, which peaked on May 9, 2021 in terms of seven-day average of daily new cases.
As the number of cases increased, many state and local governments rushed to impose mobility restrictions to contain the situation.(ANI Photo)
As the number of cases increased, many state and local governments rushed to impose mobility restrictions to contain the situation.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 04:57 AM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19 forced cuts in household expenditure on health, education

The Covid-19 pandemic forced Indian households to slash all kinds of spending except on food and essentials such as electricity bills, showed data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Monday
The pandemic’s spending squeeze includes health and education, bearing out anecdotal evidence.(AP file photo)
The pandemic’s spending squeeze includes health and education, bearing out anecdotal evidence.(AP file photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2022 07:18 AM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Protests over railway jobs are a grim reminder of state of India’s job market

The protests over problems with recruitment for railway jobs in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, may well be India’s first large-scale unemployment riots
Smoke comes out from a train's carriage after angry mobs set it on fire in protests over RRB results, in Bihar's Gaya on Wednesday.(AFP Photo)
Smoke comes out from a train's carriage after angry mobs set it on fire in protests over RRB results, in Bihar's Gaya on Wednesday.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 08:03 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore

Chill is on for Delhi: Jan days coldest in 19 years

The average maximum temperature in Delhi from the start of the year up to January 24 is 16.9 degrees Celsius, according to the IMD data.
Delhi has already recorded 12 days this month where the maximum temperature was below the 17-degree mark.(ANI Photo)
Delhi has already recorded 12 days this month where the maximum temperature was below the 17-degree mark.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 02:00 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Number Theory: How did lockdown affect jobs in election states?

India’s average unemployment rate saw a big jump during the quarter ended April-June 2020. At 14.7%, it increased 1.7 times compared to April-June 2019.
The latest quarterly and annual figures from PLFS are available until March 2021 and June 2020.(HT File Photo | Representational Image)
The latest quarterly and annual figures from PLFS are available until March 2021 and June 2020.(HT File Photo | Representational Image)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 05:58 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Third Covid wave now spreading faster in rural districts

Although urban districts continue to report a higher volume of cases than rural areas, daily cases there are now decreasing, while they continue to rise in rural districts.
At a Covid-19 testing centre at a government hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. (PTI)
At a Covid-19 testing centre at a government hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 05:59 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Over 50% eligible kids get jabs in two weeks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the milestone as encouraging news and Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said it marked a big day for India’s fight against Covid-19.
Data analysed by HT showed that while the pace has been impressive, especially in the first four days after the vaccination was opened for this age group, there has been a significant slowdown recently.(PTI)
Data analysed by HT showed that while the pace has been impressive, especially in the first four days after the vaccination was opened for this age group, there has been a significant slowdown recently.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 06:04 AM IST
By, Abhishek Jha, New Delhi

How cold and long is this cold spell in Delhi

What explains this year’s chill? HT looked at long-term weather data to make sense.
People huddle around a bonfire on a cold winter evening at Nizamuddin, on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
People huddle around a bonfire on a cold winter evening at Nizamuddin, on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 03:05 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Why lockdowns won’t work in the current wave

The seven-day rolling average of cases in India has been rising every day since December 27 or for 18 days
The seven-day average of deaths at the national-level does not seem to be increasing consistently despite the average for cases increasing every day since December 27.(ANI)
The seven-day average of deaths at the national-level does not seem to be increasing consistently despite the average for cases increasing every day since December 27.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 11:53 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

What’s in store for the upcoming state elections

The Election Commission of India on January 8 announced the schedule of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur
Elections in these five states will be held from February 10 to March 7 in seven phases. (Picture for representation)
Elections in these five states will be held from February 10 to March 7 in seven phases. (Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 11:50 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19: 3rd wave limited to big cities, but has started to spread beyond

The seven-day average of Covid daily cases has increased every day for the past 10 days: from 6,780 on December 27 to 40,459 on January 5, the highest since September 7 last year
Another way in which the impact of this wave can be possibly reduced is by fully vaccinating the entire eligible population.(Bloomberg)
Another way in which the impact of this wave can be possibly reduced is by fully vaccinating the entire eligible population.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 05:08 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

4.2 million kids vaccinated against Covid-19 as next phase kicks off

Between 8am and 8pm, 4.12 million doses were delivered, data from the Union government’s Co-Win dashboard showed. This age-group accounted for 42% of all doses delivered till that time on Monday.
The Day 1 excitement was palpable at the vaccination centres at schools, hospitals, and special vaccination sites.(AFP)
The Day 1 excitement was palpable at the vaccination centres at schools, hospitals, and special vaccination sites.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 07:29 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha and Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Five charts that capture 2021 for India

2022 begins today
HT Image
HT Image
Published on Dec 31, 2021 10:51 PM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Productivity in Parliament

  • Parliament worked longer than last year, but not by much. Here are charts to explain its functioning. 
Despite the suspension of MPs and the early adjournments, both actions criticized by opposition parties, 2021 was not the least productive year in the Indian Parliament(File Photo)
Despite the suspension of MPs and the early adjournments, both actions criticized by opposition parties, 2021 was not the least productive year in the Indian Parliament(File Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 01:39 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: State elections

  • The BJP gained most MLAs this year, but not all will be important for Rajya Sabha
To be sure, a gain or loss of an MLA in Kerala or Puducherry does not mean the same for Rajya Sabha elections as the gain or loss of an MLA in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu(ANI)
To be sure, a gain or loss of an MLA in Kerala or Puducherry does not mean the same for Rajya Sabha elections as the gain or loss of an MLA in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu(ANI)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 02:57 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Health services

  • Disruption in non-Covid health services continued this year
51.7 million patients had accessed outpatient services in 2018 in the January-May period, the only months for which data is available in 2021(Rajeev Gupta)
51.7 million patients had accessed outpatient services in 2018 in the January-May period, the only months for which data is available in 2021(Rajeev Gupta)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 05:58 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Key numbers about India’s new vaccination plan

At least 92 countries have administered boosters, and not all of them are rich, western nations. The list includes India’s neighbours Sri Lanka (15.7% of the population given boosters) and China (8%), and economic peers such as Brazil (11.5%).
As much as 47% of the 18-45 age group, 30% of the 45-60 age cohort, and 33% of the 60 plus years are yet to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus disease.(Santosh Kumar/HT)
As much as 47% of the 18-45 age group, 30% of the 45-60 age cohort, and 33% of the 60 plus years are yet to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus disease.(Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 11:48 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Infant, child vaccinations dropped 15% in May compared to 2019

Data suggests that India’s immunisation programme was largely on track this year. However, the drop in May this year and in several months of 2020 suggests some of the increase in 2021 could also be due to delayed vaccinations
A health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child during a national Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) programme at a Urban Primary Health Centre at Heritage street in August 2021. (HT File Photo/Sameer Sehgal)
A health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child during a national Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) programme at a Urban Primary Health Centre at Heritage street in August 2021. (HT File Photo/Sameer Sehgal)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 04:04 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Rural hospital deaths increased 45% compared to 2020 in Jan-May

2021 in numbers: In all, 480,000 people have died due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country since March 2020, according to figures compiled from state bulletins. 69% of these deaths took place in 2021.
2021 in numbers: According to HMIS, there were 1,432,783 deaths in January-May 2021, 45% more than in 2020 when 987,945 deaths took place in the same period. (AFP File Photo)
2021 in numbers: According to HMIS, there were 1,432,783 deaths in January-May 2021, 45% more than in 2020 when 987,945 deaths took place in the same period. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 04:50 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Recovery in education is not same for genders or states

The loss of jobs and incomes due to the pandemic has also meant that children were put out of school in 2020
Financial distress could also be a likely factor influencing another shift in school education that the pandemic has brought about (Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)
Financial distress could also be a likely factor influencing another shift in school education that the pandemic has brought about (Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:26 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Delhi’s air was better than usual; weather and lockdown helped

2021 in numbers: The average AQI in Delhi for the January 1-December 23 period in 2021 is 205.5, which is still lower than the corresponding figures for 2018 (221.4) and 2019 (210.7).
2021 in numbers: A month-by-month comparison of Delhi’s air quality does not indicate that the improvement in annual average AQI in 2021 over 2018 or 2019 has much to do with steps to control pollution (Amal KS/HT Photo)
2021 in numbers: A month-by-month comparison of Delhi’s air quality does not indicate that the improvement in annual average AQI in 2021 over 2018 or 2019 has much to do with steps to control pollution (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 06:01 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Can a law to raise marriage age for women work?

New Delhi: There is no rational reason why the minimum age of marriage for women should be lower than men
Uttar Pradesh government officials have been asked to submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken during their marriage. (Representational image)
Uttar Pradesh government officials have been asked to submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken during their marriage. (Representational image)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 02:33 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Temperature in India

  • Here are three charts that show how the temperature in 2021 followed or did not follow its long-term trends
It is this pattern that suggests that rainfall had an impact on temperature(PTI)
It is this pattern that suggests that rainfall had an impact on temperature(PTI)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 04:00 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Rainfall

  • An HT analysis shows that 2021 has been unique in following only part of this long-term trend at the country-level. Here are three charts that show how
According to gridded data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), India has received 1236.6 mm of rainfall up to 8:30 AM on December 21(L. Anantha Krishnan)
According to gridded data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), India has received 1236.6 mm of rainfall up to 8:30 AM on December 21(L. Anantha Krishnan)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 03:40 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Central government's spending

  • Is the government likely to spend more than it had budgeted for in this financial year? Here are two charts that explain this.
How did the government spend more in the last financial year when its receipts declined?(HT Archive)
How did the government spend more in the last financial year when its receipts declined?(HT Archive)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 05:07 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha
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