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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.

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Number Theory: The jobs that have been created in the past 5 years

This is the second part of a four-part data journalism series on the key trends seen in the Periodic Labour Force Survey.

Unpaid family workers (also known as self-employed helpers in household enterprises) account for 37% of the 112-million growth in the workforce since 2017-18(FIle Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 12:04 PM IST

Number Theory: Who is being added to India’s labour force?

This is the first of a four-part data journalism series on the key trends seen in the Periodic Labour Force Survey

Data released from the survey in October shows that key trends in India’s labour market remain the same as during the pandemic(PTI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 01:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Tamil Nadu is in its most extreme rain spell ever

The extreme rain has only helped bridge its deficit in Tamil Nadu just before the season’s official end

People shift from a flooded road after heavy rainfall, in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu on Dec. 19(PTI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 02:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Decoding BJP’s improved showing in state elections

The BJP’s record in the last two Lok Sabha elections continues to be better than its performance in state elections in most cases

A long-term analysis of BJP’s state election performance suggests that it has improved its performance in them after 2014.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Number Theory: An unusually warm start to winter in several states

A strong El Niño prevailing currently means that this warming is likely to continue

A Delhi Metro Rail runs amid cold and smoggy weather at MG road metro station near Plaza Mall, in Gurugram(HT File Photo/Parveen Kumar)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 10:51 AM IST

Number Theory: Caste composition of CMs after elections in 5 states

Even a cursory reading of the castes of its new chief ministers shows that the BJP has taken care to assemble a diverse caste coalition – with an eye on 2024

Representative Photo
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 09:01 AM IST

Number Theory: Second warmest start to winter since 1951

State-wise averages of minimum temperatures show that of the 30 states and UTs, only J&K and Ladakh have experienced a cooler than normal start to winter

People are going to their work amid cold and smoggy weather at South-West Delhi near Samalkha Chowk(HT File Photo/Parveen Kumar)
Updated on Dec 13, 2023 12:59 PM IST

BJP displays Gujarat-like infallibility in MP win

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 163 of 230 assembly constituencies (AC) in Madhya Pradesh with a vote share of 48

Barring the 2018 election, the BJP has consistently won the state since 2003.
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 06:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Congress right to be shocked, but can it still fight back?

The fact that Congress’s vote share was by and large intact between 2018 and 2023 means that at least at the macro level, its voters did not desert it for BJP.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 10:01 AM IST

Fewer births, more deaths in Delhi during pandemic: Data

Delhi recorded 10.5% more births and 25.3% fewer deaths last year compared to 2021, as per data from the Union territory’s Civil Registration System (CRS).

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Updated on Dec 08, 2023 04:16 AM IST
By, Alok KN Mishra, New Delhi

Mizoram elections: ZPM breaks long-standing trends on its way to victory

ZPM wins 27 out of 40 seats in Mizoram election, with 37.9% vote share

Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM's) president and party's CM candidate Lalduhoma being greeted by party members after party's victory in the Mizoram Assembly elections on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 05:00 AM IST

Number Theory: Why is 2023 different from 2018? And what of 2024?

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won elections in three out of the four states for which results were declared on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by top BJP leaders after the assembly election results on Sunday.
Published on Dec 04, 2023 07:44 AM IST

In Rajasthan, local anti-incumbency against MLAs reason for Congress loss: Data

There does seem to be merit in the argument that local anti-incumbency against MLAs played a bigger role in this year’s Rajasthan results

BJP workers celebrating the party’s victory in three states. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 12:09 PM IST

Breaking down the math of an unprecedented result in Chhattisgarh

BJP's victory in Chhattisgarh elections can be attributed to its high vote share, strong performance in reserved constituencies, retention of strongholds.

BJP party workers celebrate party's victory in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at Shivaji Maharaj Chowk Vashi in Navi Mumbai, India, on Sunday, December 3, 2023. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 05:48 AM IST

Why is the Telugu Desam Party not contesting the election today?

For the first time since 1985, the party is not contesting the state elections in Telangana. Its ally, Jana Sena Party is contesting in alliance with the BJP

Why has the TDP given up on contesting Telangana? (AFP)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 08:00 AM IST

‘Almost severe’ days in Delhi this November highest ever

Numbers suggest that without a natural clean-up from favourable meteorological factors, Delhi does not have any plan to control pollution.

A smoggy NH -24, near the Akshardham Temple, on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 05:12 AM IST

Number Theory: The importance of Scheduled Tribe vote for the BJP

Here are the some charts that explain the importance of the ST outreach by the Prime Minister

ANI Photo
Published on Nov 29, 2023 07:55 AM IST

Accounting for colonial rule reduces India’s climate role by 15%

Previous analysis had put India’s share of cumulative historical emissions at 3.4% of the global total

HT Archive
Published on Nov 27, 2023 10:01 AM IST
By, Jayashree Nandi

Number Theory: Telangana’s shifting political grounds

HT analysis of past results in Telangana suggests that the state’s political ground has been continuously shifting

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Updated on Nov 27, 2023 09:35 AM IST

Rajasthan’s electoral contest explained

A look at some charts that explain the nature of the electoral battle taking place on November 25

Polling for the assembly elections in Rajasthan will take place on November 25.
Published on Nov 24, 2023 09:14 PM IST

Number Theory: Economic diversity and its role in Rajasthan polls

Campaigning for the Rajasthan elections scheduled for November 25 has ended

HT Image
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 12:29 PM IST

Number Theory: Is Rajasthan’s labour market very different from the national one

Here are five charts that answer this question using Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data

File photo(AP)
Published on Nov 23, 2023 07:59 AM IST

Earth temporarily breached 2°C threshold this month, scientists express concerns

While the breach is temporary, it is expected that 2023 will be the warmest year on record due to record levels of greenhouse gas concentrations and the El Nino

The data for November 17 and November 18 is from the ERA5 reanalysis dataset of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). (Rep image)
Updated on Nov 21, 2023 04:44 AM IST
By, Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Number Theory: How Delhi decimated its great walk-up to Diwali

Fires in Punjab and Haryana can hardly be blamed for bad air in Delhi when Delhi itself is bursting firecrackers despite a ban

A boy wearing pollution mask burns crackers during Diwali celebrations in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 08:11 AM IST

Can BJP win back Karnataka by turning to Yediyurappa, Deve Gowda?

​Six months after it lost the Karnataka election, the BJP state unit has got a new president in B Y Vijayendra, the son of veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa.

Former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader BS Yediyurappa congratulates son BY Vijayendra Yediyurappa on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 08:07 AM IST

Number Theory: Bihar's poverty hurdle, explained in six charts

What explains Bihar’s poverty? The answer to this question is not as simple as it sounds. Here are six charts which try to explain this

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Published on Nov 10, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Capital now in midst of 'worst' bad air spell

Taking Thursday’s 4pm average air quality index (AQI) of 437, the city has now recorded “severe” air pollution on seven of the nine days this month.

Thick layer of smog at Kartavya Path as Delhi's air quality continued to deteriorate. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 04:15 AM IST

Number Theory: What Bihar caste census data does not tell us

Without taking away anything from the importance of the data which has been released, here are some aspects which have been left unaddressed

The Nitish Kumar government released socio-economic caste survey data this week(PTI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 01:05 PM IST

Number Theory: The economic learnings of Bihar's caste survey

Here are four charts which give a summary of what the report says about Bihar’s socio-economic landscape

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Published on Nov 08, 2023 10:49 AM IST

Can reservations pull Bihar out of poverty?

An increase or decrease in reservations can only alter the social distribution of these jobs in the state.

**EDS: GRAB VIA BIHAR VIDHAN SABHA TV** Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaks during the Winter session of the Legislative Assembly, in Patna, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI11_07_2023_000304B)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 04:28 AM IST
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