Media Mentions

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Newspaper/Media Articles referencing IHDS:




171. Jaffrelot, Christophe, and A. Kalaiyarasan. “Anxieties of the dominant”, The Indian Express, 3 January 2018. Link.




170. Shah, Rajiv. “Delhi’s 75% young Hindu women practice ghughat; it’s 90% in urban Rajasthan and UP: Pennsylvania univ survey”,, 29 December 2017. Link.

169. Panda, Sitakanta. “There is a language to employment; it can make a difference to pay, even employment”, Financial Express, 25 December 2017. Link.

168. Pande, Rohini, and Simone Schaner. “The mobile phone gender gap: Why does it matter and what can we do?” The Indian Express, 22 December 2017. Link.

167. Ramani, Srinivasan. “The landed jatis – backward or dominant?” The Hindu, 12 December 2017. Link.

166. Mahajan, Queeny. “This fellowship is inspiring young marginalised girls to follow their dreams”,, 12 December 2017. Link.

165. Nair, Shalini. “Centre offers Rs 2.5 lakh for every inter-caste marriage with a Dalit”, The Indian Express, 6 December 2017. Link.

164. Arora, Sonal. “Empowering women through job creation”, Livemint, 28 November, 2017. Link.

163. Kulkarni, Varsha S., and Raghav Gaiha. “Beyond Piketty: on income inequality”, The Hindu, 18 November 2017. Link.

162. Jaffrelot, Christophe, and A. Kalaivarasan. “Alienation of the Patels”, The Indian Express, 25 October 2017. Link.

161. Pandiyan, Punitha. “It Makes No Sense to Celebrate Ambedkar and Vilify Periyar”, The Wire, 15 October 2017. Link.

160. Iyer, SA. “How Thomas Piketty’s selective use of tax data exaggerates India’s inequalities”, The Economics Times, 11 October 2017. Link.

159. Harvey, John. “Female Foeticide is Just another Name for the Murder of Daughters and Granddaughters”, Huffpost, 7 October 2017. Link.

158. Saxena, Abhishek. “85 Years After The Poona Pact, Dalits Are As Alienated As They Were In 1932”, Youth Ki Awaaz, 29 September 2017. Link.

157. Kulkarni, Vani S., and Raghav Gaiha. “Falling off the health-care radar”, The Hindu, 28 September 2017. Link.

156. TNM Staff. “More inter-caste marriages happen when the groom’s mother is educated, finds study”, The NEWS Minute, 25 September 2017. Link.

155. Bhandare, Namita, IndiaSpend. “Why Himachali Women Work: A Jam Factory May Have Answers”, BloombergQuint, 23 September 2017. Link.

154. Agha, Eram. “Education Doesn’t Influence Indian Men to Marry Outside Caste, But Mother’s Education Can: Study”,, 22 September 2017. Link.

153. News Desk. “Brahmins, Rural Populace Comparatively More Open to Inter-caste Marriages”,, 21 September 2017. Link.

152. Bansal, Samarth. “From missing data to unreliable numbers, India’s statistical ecosystem needs an overhaul”, Hindustan Times, 21 September 2017. Link.

151. Thomas, George S. “Why NEET is a convenient villain: The political economy of medical admissions in Tamil Nadu”, The NEWS Minute, 18 September 2017.Link.

150. Kundu, Tadit. “Is Thomas Piketty right about inequality in India?” Livemint, 13 September 2017.Link.

149. Shah, Shreya. “India has highest gap between growth of top 1% & entire population”, the quint, 7 September 2017.Link.

148. Nageswaran, Raghunath. “Why the World’s largest democracy continues to push millions into poverty”, Youth Ki Awaaz, 28 August 2017. Link.

147. Krishna, Geetanjali. “Aadhaar numbers: An equation that doesn’t add up”, Business Standard, 24 August 2017. Link.

146. Roy, Ishani. “Why Google’s Misstep Could Be the Best Thing for Equity in the Indian Workplace”, The Wire, 18 August 2017.Link.

145. Yadavar, Swaga, IndiaSpend. “Casteism is the biggest impediment to success of Swachh Bharat Mission, say scholars Dean Spears, Diana Coffey”, Firstpost, 13 August 2017. Link.

144. Saha, Devanik, IndiaSpend, “Women battles for toilet in Akshay Kumar movie but India’s reality is different”, Hindustan Times, 11 August 2017. Link.

143. Bhandre, Namita, Indiaspend. “Discrimination, norms, family issues or safety? Why Indian women are quitting jobs”, Hindustan Times, 5 August 2017. Link.

142. Yadav, Monika. “Midday meals scheme: Are corruption claims exaggerated?” Ideas For India, 31 July 2017. Link.

141. Kulkarni, Veena S., and Raghav Gaiha. “Has disability risen among the elderly?” Sunday Guardian Live, 29 July 2017. Link.

140. Telma, Kate. “When castes collide”, MIT News, 20 July 2017. Link.

139. Kundu, Tadit. “Low mobility across generations heightens job creation challenge”, Livemint, 13 July 2017. Link.

138. Mohammed, Shariq. “Estimating intergenerational income mobility in rural India”, Ideas for India, 3 July 2017. Link.

137. Byravan, Sujatha, and Debapriya Das. “Climate-proofed and inclusive”, The Hindu, 3 July 2017. Link.

136. Chakraborty, Tanika, and Aarti Gupta. “The Downside of Repeated Debt Waivers”, The Wire”, 29 June 2017. Link.

135. Ganguly, Arnab. “Veil rips mindset mask”, The Telegraph, 28 June 2017. Link.

134. Agarwal, Sapna, and Arun Janardhan, “Thane-Ghodbunder: From two-lane road to mall street”, Livemint, 23 June 2017. Link.

133. Kulkarni, Vani S., Raghav Gaiha and Veena S.Kulkarni. “The high cost of the ageing”, The Hindu, 22 June 2017. Link.

132. Chishti, Seema. “Unlike earlier, Violence (against Dalits) now by community as a whole, says Sukhdeo Thorat”, The Indian Express, 13 June 2017. Link.

131. Shenava, Adithi. “Indian Women: An Untapped Source of Economic Growth”, The Market Mogul, 7 June 2017. Link.

130. Staff Reporter. “India has 31% of world’s poor kids: report”, The Hindu, 2 June 2017. Link.

129. Jaffrelot, Christophe and Kalaiyarasan A. “Quota Is the Wrong Answer”, The Indian Express, 3 May 2017. Link.

128. Jain, Dipti. “Niti Aayog Needs to Sell Policies, Not Fantasies”, Livemint, 27 April 2017. Link.

127. Chalwadi, Raju H. “As Politicians Celebrate, Behold the Betrayal of Ambedkar and the Dalits”, The Wire, 14 April 2017. Link

126. Burn-Murdoch, John. Culture and Policy Explain Why Sex Ratios Are Skewed in Asia”, Nikkei Asian Review, 13 April, 2017. Link.

125. HT Correspondent, Bhopal.“Five References of MP in US Report: US Human Rights Report Mentions SIMI Encounter, Vyapam Scam and Cow Vigilantism in MP”, Hindustan Times, 5 April 2017. Link.

124. Saha, Devanik (Indiaspend). “To Tackle Its Maternal-health Crisis, India Needs More Male Health Workers”, Hindustan Times, 23 March 2017. Link.

123. The Hans India. “Less Demand For Female Labour Force In Rural India”, The Hans India, 21 March 2017. Link.

122. Kumar, Gudipati Rajendera. “Women, Employment and Empowerment in Indian Economy”, The Hans India, 20 March 2017. Link.

121. Sattiraju, Nikitha. “Sustainable Water Methods, And Not Tankers, Are the Solution to India’s Economic Water Crisis”, Yourstory, 17 March 2017. Link.

120. Bhattacharya, Pramit. “How a Harvard Economist Can Help Us Understand the Appeal of Modi’s Note Ban”, Live Mint, 15 March 2017. Link.

119. Pande, Rohini, “Getting India’s Women into the Workforce: Time for a Smart Approach”, Ideas for India, 10 March 2017. Link.

118. Jaffrelot, Christophe and A. Kalaiyarasan. “Jats in Wonderlessland. Crisis of Haryana’s Dominant Castes Mirrors India’s Challenge: Lack of Good JobsThe Indian Express, 10 March 2017. Link.

117. Shukla, Vandana, “Is # Feminism Elitist in India”, The Tribune, 5 March 2017.Link.

116. Venkataraman, Ayesha and Nida Nagraj. “Here Comes the Bride. Now Count the Rest.” The New York Times, 22 February 2017. Link. and also in Today.Link

115. Dasgupta, KumKum.“On Gender Crime, Is Uttar Pradesh the Worst State?”, Hindustan Times, 21 February, 2017. Link.

114. Kundu, Tadit. “Husbands, Not Mother-in-laws, Might be Behind Son Preference in India”, Live Mint, 20 February 2017. Link

113. Rukmini, S. “HuffPost Insight: Most Indian Households Spend Way Beyond Their Means on Weddings”, The Huffington Post, 17 February 2017. Link

112. Chakraborty, Debiparna. “Only 5% Women in India Have Complete Control over Choosing Their Husbands, Survey Reveals”, Vega Bomb, 14 February 2017. Link

111. Garg, Lavanya. 65% Indian Women are Literate, 5% Have Control over Choosing Their Husband”, Hindustan Times, 13 February 2017Link

110. Kaur, Nehmat. “Name-Place-Animal-Thing: On Wifely Success and Contemporary Feminism”, The Wire, 14 February 2017.Link.

109. Press Trust of India. “Janani Scheme Led to Rise in Usage of Health Services: Govt.”, Business Standard, 3 February 2017Link;   Same article also published in Outlook. Link and in India.comLink

108. New Kerala. "Deoghar in Jharkhand to Get an AIIMS says Minister Kulaste”,, 3 February 2017Link

107. The Editors. “India’s Unique Brand of Populism Does Little to Tackle Inequality”, World Politics Review, 24 January 2017. Link

106. Butt, Dawar N.H. “Pakistan Can Incentivize Social Change through Policy”, Asia Times, 20 January 2017. Link

105. Vishnu, Uma. “Left without cover”,, 15 January, 2017.Link.

104. Teltumbde, Anand. “India’s Marie Antoinette moment”Economic & Political Weekly, 7 January 2017. Link.

103. Coffey, Diane. “When women eat last”The Hindu, 3 January 2017. Link.




102. Counterview representative. “Hindu women are less educated than Muslim, their gender gap is worse than all other religions: PEW”, Counterview, December 15, 2016. Link

101. Naskar, Srija. "Area of Darkness: Serious research on disability in India remains a pipe dream." Sunday Guardian Live, 10 December 2016. Link

100. Special Correspondent. “Disabled children miss out due to lack of support services: Report”, The Hindu, December 10, 2016.Link


Singh, Ashok K. "Demonetisation is dragging India to an age of chaos and destruction." Daily O, 1 December 2016. Link


Dey, Sushmi.  "India witnesses improvement in maternal healthcare services." The Times of India, 20 November 2016. Link.


Business Standard.  "Impact of JSY." 29 November 2016. Link


Rukmini S. "INTERACTIVE: Where On The Indian Income Pyramid Do You Stand, And Does Facebook Know This Better Than You?" HuffingtonPost, 22 November 2016. Link


Chatterjee, Somdeep. "Kisan credit card programme: Expanded access to credit or expanded credit?" Business Standard, 9 November 2016. Link.  Also in SwaraJya: Read India Right on 8 November 2016. Link


Kishore, Roshan.  "The many shades of caste inequality in India", Livemint, 21 October 2016. Link


Bardhan, Pranab. "Universal basic income for India." Livemint, 12 October 2016. Link.


Bansal, Samarth.  "Janani Suraksha Yojana pays dividends: Study", The Hindu, 10 October 2016. Link


Sawant, Chitra. "Hard to find bliss in inter-caste marriages." The Free Press Journal, 24 September 2016. Link.


Berry, Ellen. “Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams”, The New York Times, September 24, 2016.Link


Taneja, Richa.  "India's Daughters Fetching Water, Missing Opportunities", NDTV Every Life Counts, 6 September 2016. Link


Kundu, Tadit.  "Is it time for a universal basic income in India?" Livemint, 28 August 2016. Link


Kundu, Tadit.  "Mohammad Shaquib Ansari: The occupational index." Livemint, 12 August 2016.  Link


Himanshu. “For the rich, India is as good as a tax haven”, Livemint, 29 June, 2016.Link


Kundu, Tadit, and Udayan Rathore.  "How can India bridge the gap between its middle and median class?" Livemint, 27 July 2016. Link


Dev, S. Mahendra. "Poverty and inequality after reforms", Livemint, 26 July 2016. Link


Mudur, G.S. "Even educated spend less on women's health", The Telegraph, Calcutta, 18 Jul 2016.  Link


Soundararajan, Thenmozhi, Anasuya Sengupta, Harjit Kaur, and Umar Malick. "California textbooks: The next stage of the battle", The Indian Express, 11 July 2016. Link


Saha, Devanik. “Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan: Worst States for Women”, The Quint, 9 July 2016.Link


Yadav, Anumeha.  "The fruits of India's National Food Security law are finally showing on the ground",, 23 June 2016. Link


AB Wire, "18 percent of Indian population walk more than 500 meters to collect water", The American Bazaar, 22 June 2016. Link. Also mentioned in The New India Express, 22 June 2016. Link


Kishore, Rohan.  "How Women Remarry in India", Livemint, 18 June 2016. Link


Jain, Dipti and Tadit Kundu. "How Women Marry in India", Livemint, 17 June 2016. Link


Tandon, Suneera. "Burgers, burgers, everywhere. But are the eaters in sight?" Quartz India, 13 June 2016. Link


Waghmare, Abhishek. "Marathwada Migrants Rise Above Poverty Line in Mumbai, but Face Housing, Water Shortages." India West, 13 June 2016. Link


Kundu, Tadit. "How India eats: Joint, not nuclear, families dine out the most." Livemint, 4 June 2016. Link


Zulfi, Muhammad Zulqarnain. "High incidence of ‘inter-caste’ marriages in J&K", Kashmir Reader, 21 May 2016. Link

72. "77% Indian parents expect to live with sons, and not with daughters, in old age." IndiaTV, 17 May 2016. Link. Also printed in the Business Standard, 17 May 2016. Link.  And again in Hindustan Times, 17 May 2016. Link


Salve, Prachi and Saumya Tewari. "5 percent of Indian marriages inter-caste; in Mizoram, 55 percent (Special to IANS)", Business Standard, 11 May 2016. Link. Also in Kractivism, 19 May 2016. Link 


Salve, Prachi and Saumya Tewari.  "95% Indians marry within their own caste, Mizoram has most inter-caste marriages." Janta Ka Reporter, 11 May 2016. Link


Bansal, Samarth. "How many Indians are richer than you?" The Hindu, 4 May 2016. Link


Paul, Sohini Paul. “Looks like the PDS works”, The Hindu Business Line, 2 May, 2016. Link


Chenoy, Kamal Mitra. "MGNREGA to bad loans, why India is staring at a weaker economy." Daily O, 1 May 2016. Link.


Kulkarni, Veena and Raghav Gaiha.  "The Social Security Measure Seems Doomed with Budgetary Cutbacks and Frequent Wage Hikes: Study." The Economic Times, 28 April 2016. Link


Bansal, Samarth. "Legal system too expensive for most." The Hindu, 24 April 2016. Link.


Mampatta, Sachin, and Tadit Kundu. "Why India needs IMD to be right about a good monsoon." Livemint, 19 April 2016. Link.


Matters India. "To 51.7% women it’s “usual” in India for a husband to beat his wife if she leaves home without telling him: Report",, 16 April 2016. Link.


Borker, Suhas.  "How to be free of caste."  The Hindu, 13 April 2016. Link.


Kundu, Tadit. "Is the new generation in India better educated?" Livemint, 12 April 2016. Link.


Bakshi, Ishan. "Making a case for taxing farm incomes." Business Standard, 11 April 2016. Link.


India Spend. "How to get India's Women Working?  First, Let Them Out of the House." First Post, 9 April 2016. Link.


Panda, Sitakanta. "Local Political Elite Capture and BPL card allocation." Ideas for India, 8 April 2016. Link.


Choudhury, Chandrahas.  "For Women, India's Workfare Programming works." Livemint, 7 April 2016. Link.


Choudhury, Chandrahas. "A Major NREGA Success is Women's Empowerment." NDTV Every Life Counts, 6 April 2016. Link.


Gandhi, Divya. "Running in the family", The Hindu, 3 April 2016. Link.


Kundu, Tadit.  "Who is married to whom in India?" Livemint29 March 2016. Link.


Bakshi, Ishan. "How the socio-economic fabric has changed", Business Standard, 27 March 2016. Link.


Munshi, Kaivan, and Mark Rosenzweig. "Rural to urban migration in India: Why labor mobility bucks global trend." The Indian Express, 26 March 2016. Link.


Solanki, Prem. "Is Caste still an Issue for Marriage?" DESIblitz, 22 March 2016. Link.


Week Correspondent. “Accident of Life, Not Berth, Causes Poverty”, The Week, 16 March 2016.Link


Kumar, G Rajendra, "Improper Implementation of MGNREGA in Telangana", The Hans India, 22 February 2016. Link.


Kundu, Tadit. "How Indian Households Borrow." Livemint, 22 February 2016. Link.


Kundu, Tadit. "When average income is not available to average individual." Livemint, 15 February 2016. Link.


Narayan, Swati. "Half full, half empty: 10 Years of NREGA", India Spend, 9 February 2016. Link.


Teltumbde, Anand. 2016. "Rohith Vemula's Death: A Noose around the BJP's Neck." Counter Currents, 8 February 2016. Link.


Editorial. “Two cheers for jobs scheme”, The Hindu Business Line, 7 February 2016.Link


Bhalla, Surjit. "No Proof Required: NREGA does not help the poor", The Financial Express, 6 February 2016. Link.


Doley, Kunal. "Looking local: Snapdeal, Quikr, Hike, other launch vernacular language support." Financial Express, 24 January 2016. Link.





Mohan, Rohini.  "Among 500, only 19 couples across India got monetary assistance under inter-cast marriages scheme", The Economic Times, 19 December 2015. Link


Kundu, Tadit. “How rising returns to education can lead to greater inequality”, Livemint, 10 December 2015. Link.


Kundu, Tadit. “The Increasing Importance of College Education”, Livemint, 9 December 2015. Link


Mishra, Sumit. “Why worry about inequality in India?”, Livemint, 15 November 2015. Link.


Editorial. “Guarantee the funds”, The Hindu, 7 November 2015. Link


Iyer, Venkat. “Numbers that dole out the details”, Business Line, 11 September 2015.Link.


Dey, Sushmi. “India’s soft stand on tobacco draws fire”, The Times of India, 8 September 2015. Link.


Print Edition. “Love (and money) conquer caste”,The Economist, 5 September 2015.Link.


Kotamraju, Priyanka. “Keep calm and carry on MGNREGA”,The Hindu Business Line, 28 August 2015.Link


“NREGA improving the lives of poor, says study”,im4change, August 2015.Link


Rukmini S. “Rural job scheme empowered women: NCAER”,The Hindu, 13 August 2015.Link


BS Reporter. “Study shows rural job guarantee's positive impact on poor, women”, Business Standard, 13 August 2015. Link


FE Bureau. “World’s largest anti-poverty scheme MGNREGA cut poverty, empowered women, but reach limited”, The Financial Express, 13 August 2015. Link


Rukmini, S. “MGNREGS reduced poverty, empowered women”, The Hindu, 12 August 2015. Link


Haq, Zia. “Food Security Act starved for growth, functional in just 7 states”, Hindustan Times, 23 July 2015. Link.


Yadav, Anumeha.  “India's socio-economic census threatens to exclude crores of poor from social schemes”,, 16 July 2015. Link

25.   Rukmini, S. “SECC not irrelevant just yet”, The Hindu, 6 July 2015. Link


Dey, Sushmi.Warning photo size matters: 46% of illiterate men smoke”, The Times of India, 5 May 2015.Link.


For, Evelyn. “How many languages does your phone speak”, The Economic Times, 21 April 2015.Link.


Rukmini S. “The elusive quest for freedom”, The Hindu, 8 March 2015.Link.


Bera, Sayantan. “Did FCI panel inflate leakage figures to bolster case for cash transfers?” Livemint, 6 February, 2015.Link


Rukmini S. “Just how leaky is the PDS?” The Hindu, 5 February 2015.Link.


Rukmini S.“Economists dispute Govt. claims on PDS leakage”, The Hindu, 4 February 2015.Link.





Rukmini S.“Rape, rhetoric and reality”, The Hindu, 19 December 2014. Link


Bidwai, Praful. “The curse of caste”, The News International, 14 December 2014. Link.


Rukmini S.“Limiting MGNREGS to poorest districts will not help, finds survey”, The Hindu, 8 December 2014.Link.


Mukherji, Anahita.Prejudice, even in pardes”, The Times of India, 30 November 2014.Link


Chishti, Seema.“Biggest caste survey: one in four Indians admit to practising untouchability”, The Indian Express, 29 November 2014. Link.


Rukmini S.“Arranging a marriage: how India does it”, The Hindu, 19 November 2014. Link.


Rukmini S.“Just 5% of Indian marriages are inter-caste: survey”, The Hindu, 13 November 2014. Link.


Editorial. “India’s sanitation needs”, The New York Times, 4 September 2014. Link.

10.   Rukmini S. “Middle class better off, but not well off”, The Hindu, 5 April 2014. Link.


Rukmini S. “Only 40 per cent of middle class has piped water connection: survey”, The Hindu, 5 April 2014. Link.


Rukmini S. “Steady rise in income but services still inadequate: NCAER”, The Hindu, 3 April 2014. Link.


Rukmini S. “India by the numbers: change on the margins”, The Hindu, 3 April 2014. Link.


Rukmini S. “More children going to private schools: NCAER”, The Hindu, 31 March 2014. Link.


Rukmini S. “Most rural population now not solely in agriculture: NCAER survey”, The Hindu, 25 March 2014. Link.


Apfel, Ken. “Universal pension for Indians”, Livemint, 25 March 2014. Link.


Daily “Being a woman in India: survey reveals startling details of the status of women in society”, 23 March 2014.Link


Rana, Preetika. “A grim statistical picture of married Indian women”, The Wall Street Journal (India Real Time), 20 March 2014. Link.


Rukmini S. “Many women have no say in marriage”,The Hindu, 19 March 2014. Link.