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IHDS Editorials


84.  Desai, Sonalde. “Demographic Transition and Change in Women’s Lives”, The Hindu, July 12, 2023.  Link.

83. Desai, Sonalde. “India’s employment problem and bad statistics”, The Indian Express. May 26. 2023.  Link.

82. Choudhuri, Pallavi and Sonalde Desai. “Measuring Women’s Work Participation: Why It Is Important to Get It Right”, The Hindu, February 11, 2023. Link.

81. Batheja, Beepshikha. “Gender Peer Effects in the Labour Market: A Field Experiment in Indian Call Centers”, IGC, February 10, 2023. Link.

80. Mehta, Anupma“The Inequities of Gender Bias in India”, The Pioneer, March 8, 2023. Link.

79. Mehta, Anupma and Sanjib Pohit.  “The challenge of gender access to clean water”, The Pioneer, March 29, 2023. Link



78.  Desai, Sonalde. “Global Hunger Index: A Lesson in How Not to Measure Hunger”, The Indian Express, October 21, 2022. Link.

77.  Mehta, Anupma. “Why men are more equal than women”, The Pioneer, 8 March 8, 2022. Link.



76. Desai, Sonalde. “Lessons from the Death of the Ease of Doing Business Index”, The Indian Express, 6 October 2021. Link.

75. Mehta, Anupma. “Women and Mental Health Morbidities”, The Pioneer, 11 October 2021. Link.

74. Desai, Sonalde and Debasis Barik. “With India’s Demographic Transition Come Challenges”, The Indian Express, 21 December 2021. Link.

73. Mehta, Anupma. “Cautious Optimism on Gender Data in National Family Health Surveys”, QRIUS, 21 December 2021. Link.

72. Mehta, Anupma. “Will Raising the Marriageable Age for Women to 21 Improve Gender Outcomes”? The Economic Times. 24 December 2021. Link.

71. Mehta, Anupma. 2021. “Gender Parity Is a Mirage as Challenges Still Remain”, The Pioneer, July 7. Link.

70. Desai, Sonalde. “Make Room for Women in the New Normal”, The Indian Express, 9 March. Link.

69. Mehta, Anupma. 2021. “Alarming Decline in Child Nutrition Levels in India” Qrius, 13 January. Link.


68. Banerji, Manjistha. 2020. “Overhauling the Indian Statistical System for a post-Covid world: Going beyond Economics”, Medium, 29 July. Link.

67. Mehta, Anupma. 2020. “Need for Gender-transformative Focus in India’s Education Policy”, Economics and Policy Section, Ceteris Paribus, The Economics Society, Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, 29 May, Link.

66. Mehta, Anupma. 2020. “Women the Biggest Losers”, The Pioneer, 20 April. Link.

65. Desai, Sonalde. “Decline in Women Work Participation Rates Can be Traced to Poor Data Collection Processes”, The Indian Express, 17 March 2020. Link.

64. Desai, Sonalde. “Tackling Coronavirus the Indian Way”, Business Standard, 14 March 2020. Link.

63. Mehta, Anupma. 2020. “Women in STEM Research in the Age of Coronavirus", The Pioneer, 9 March.Link.

62. Desai, Sonalde. 2020. “Is NSS Right on Consumption Fall?” Livemint, January 27. Link


61. Mehta, Anupma. “Child Marriage: Nothing to Celebrate.” The Pioneer. 25 November 2019. Link.

60. Mehta, Anupma. “In Pursuit of Gender Equality.” The Pioneer, 30 December 2019. Link.

59. Desai, Sonalde. “Minding the Gap in India’s Data Infrastructure.” The Hindu, 24 October 2019. Link.

58. Desai, Sonalde. “A Demographic Window of Opportunity: On Population and Policy.” The Hindu, 11 July 2019. Link.

57. Mehta, Anupma. “The Great Water Paradox.” The Pioneer . 05 August 2019. Link .

56. Desai, Sonalde. The sum and substance of the jobs data. The Hindu, 05 June 2019. Link.

55. Desai, Sonalde. Squandering the gender dividend. The Hindu, 12 June 2019. Link.

54. Mehta, Anupma. Now, Fewer Women Voters. The Pioneer, 11 April, 2019. Link.

53. Mehta, Anupma. Beaten, Battered, Brutalised. The Pioneer: March 8, 2019. Link.

52. Desai, Sonalde. A Strange Paradox for Indian Women. The Hindu: March 7, 2019. Link.

51. Desai, Sonalde. Everyone is Afraid of Data. The Hindu: February 12, 2019. Link.

50. Mehta, Anupma. Yes to Reservation, No to Women. The Pioneer. February 12, 2019. Link.

49. Desai, Sonalde. A Solution in Search of a Problem: On 10% Reservations. The Hindu: 11 January, 2019. Link.


48. Anupma Mehta and Manjistha Banerjee: Marriage by Choice or Convention?: The Pioneer: October 9, 2018.

47. Mehta, Anupma. What Drives Women over the Edge?: The Pioneer: October 1, 2018.

46. Desai, Sonalde. The Tools for Counting: The Hindu, June 25, 2018.

45. Mehta, Anupma. Gender Gap in Land Ownership: Business Standard: April 17, 2018.

44. Desai, Sonalde and Ragini Saira Malhotra: The Power of Numbers: The Hindu. March 8, 2018.

2017 - 2007

43. Mehta, Anupma. “The Female Principle.” The Pioneer, November 27, 2017. Link.

42. Desai, Sonalde. “Reimagining the OBC quota.” The Hindu, September 19, 2017. Link.

41. Desai, Sonalde. “Reclaiming Public Spaces.” The Hindu, March 28, 2017. Link

40. Desai, Sonalde, and Anupma Mehta. “No Economy for Women”, The Hindu, March 8, 2017. Link.

39. Mehta, Anupma. “Is UBI the USP of this year's Economic Survey?” The Indian Economist, February 22, 2017. Link.

38. Desai, Sonalde. “Drawing up a Diet Plan.” The Hindu. February 1, 2017. Link.

37. Desai, Sonalde. “The politics of perceptions.” The Hindu, November 8, 2016. Link.

36. Basu, Alaka, and Sonalde Desai. “The emergence of the one-child family in India.” N-IUSSP online magazine, October 10, 2016. Link.

35. Mehta, Anupma. “Laadli races up literacy ladder in Himachal.” The Tribune, August 22, 2016. Link.

34. Desai, Sonalde, and Amit Thorat. “The Dynamic Nature of Poverty.” The Hindu, August 2, 2016. Link.

33. Balcazar, Carlos Felipe, Sonalde Desai, Rinku Murgai and Ambar Narayan. “Tackling Poverty in India: Jobs, not transfers, the big poverty-buster.” Indian Express, June 17, 2016. Link.

32. Desai, Sonalde. “Everybody loves a Good Quota.” The Hindu, May 3, 2016. Link.

31. Desai, Sonalde. “Quantifying the caste quotas.” The Hindu, February 26, 2016. Link.

30. Desai, Sonalde. “Don’t Dismantle, Reform.” The Indian Express, November 12, 2015. Link.

29. Desai, Sonalde. “An Unjustified Pay Hike.” The Hindu, October 30, 2015. Link.

28. Desai, Sonalde. “Smoking Kills in India Too.” The Hindu, May 4, 2015. Link.

27. Thorat, Amit. “Mapping Exclusion.” The Indian Express, December 3, 2014. Link.

26. Desai, Sonalde. “The New Young.” The Indian Express, August 27, 2014. Link.

25. Desai, Sonalde. “Cereal indiscretions.” The Indian Express, June 23, 2014. Link.

24. Dubey, Amaresh, and Reeve Vanneman. “An Inclusive Growth Policy.” The Hindu, April 5, 2014. Link.

23. Desai, Sonalde. “Poorly Performing Public Services.” The Hindu, April 2, 2014. Link.

22. Desai, Sonalde. “Food Security in the Time of Inflation.” The Hindu, March 29, 2014. Link.

21. Desai, Sonalde. “Employer of the Last Resort?” The Hindu, March 22, 2014. Link.

20. Desai, Sonalde. “Declining Sex Ratios Seen in the Gender Score Card.” The Hindu, March 19, 2014. Link.

19. Desai, Sonalde. “When Incomes Grow, but Jobs Elude.” Indian Express, July 3, 2013. Link.

18. Desai, Sonalde. “Like Flowers and Chocolates.” Indian Express, March 11, 2013. Link.

17. Desai, Sonalde. “From Schooling to Learning.” Business Standard, September 16, 2012. Link.

16. Desai, Sonalde. “Getting Out of the Quota Quagmire.” Business Standard, June 16, 2012. Link.

15. Desai, Sonalde. “Health care needs a booster does.” Business Standard, May 11, 2012. Link.

14. Desai, Sonalde. “The Great Indian Poverty Game.” Business Standard, March 29, 2012. Link.

13. Desai, Sonalde. “Sons of the Soil.” Business Standard, February 17, 2012. Link.

12. Desai, Sonalde. "India's Hidden Transformation.” Business Standard, November 29, 2011. Link.

11. Desai, Sonalde. "Indian Education, Employment Sector - A Study in Contrasts.” Economic Times, November 26, 2011. Link.

10. Desai, Sonalde. "Universal PDS Can Fix the Problem of Malnutrition.” Economic Times, September 29, 2011. Link.

09. Desai, Sonalde. "Jobless Growth is Located Largely in the Female Half of the Population.” Economic Times, June 28, 2011. Link.

08. Desai, Sonalde. "For Growth Focus on Remote Villages.” Economic Times, August 3, 2010. Link.

07. Desai, Sonalde. "Recasting Census 2011.” Economic Times, May 14, 2010. Link.

06. Desai, Sonalde. "Women's Share in Demographic dividend.” Economic Times, February 25, 2010. Link.

05. Desai, Sonalde, and Amaresh Dubey. "Challenges for Sixth Pay Commission.” Economic Times, March 19, 2008. Link.

04. Desai, Sonalde. "AIDS Education: Beyond Sound Bites.” Economic Times, January 9, 2008. Link.

03. Desai, Sonalde. "The Language of Division.” Economic Times, November 30, 2007. Link.

02. Desai, Sonalde, and Amaresh Dubey. “Baniya, Babu and Borrowing: Household Debt is Concerning.” Economic Times, October 3, 2007. Link.

01. Desai, Sonalde. “Exploding the myths about private schooling.” Economic Times, 27 July, 2007. Link.