Devanik Saha

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The BIGGEST reason why Indians migrate is...

The BIGGEST reason why Indians migrate is...

Rediff.com22 Dec 2016

Marriage is the most common purpose of migration, with 49 per cent migrating for marriage, followed by moving with households (15 per cent) and work/employment (10 per cent), discovers Devanik Saha.

The 3 factors holding back Modi's 'Achche Din' for all

The 3 factors holding back Modi's 'Achche Din' for all

Rediff.com18 Oct 2016

India's rising GDP may have propelled the middle class to become richer, buy new cars, travel around the world and build assets, but it further pushed the economically disadvantaged and poor into poverty and drudgery, says Devanik Saha.

8 promises Modi made on I-Day 2015: Some met, some are works-in-progress

8 promises Modi made on I-Day 2015: Some met, some are works-in-progress

Rediff.com14 Aug 2016

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to deliver his third Independence Day speech on August 15, he is inviting ideas from citizens on issues he should speak on

Has Nagpur replaced Delhi as the de-facto capital?

Has Nagpur replaced Delhi as the de-facto capital?

Rediff.com11 Jul 2016

Devanik Saha wonders if saffronisation of India is on the rise

US power: California has 3% of India's population, 125% of its GDP

US power: California has 3% of India's population, 125% of its GDP

Rediff.com27 Jun 2016

India's economy - ranked eighth in 2015 with a GDP of $2 trillion - is projected to climb past Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan and become the world's third-largest in 2030 with a GDP of $7.3 trillion.

Questions the media NEEDS to ask Smriti Irani

Questions the media NEEDS to ask Smriti Irani

Rediff.com16 Jun 2016

Prominent journalists have been giving the HRD minister a hall pass, asking her about politics and TRP-generating issues rather than focusing on her visions for the country's education sector.

How Nitish's PM ambitions went up in smoke on May 19

How Nitish's PM ambitions went up in smoke on May 19

Rediff.com24 May 2016

The assembly election results on May 19 altered India's political landscape and with it dented Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar's prime ministerial ambitions.

Four key steps BJP should immediately take

Four key steps BJP should immediately take

Rediff.com9 May 2016

Two years is when the honeymoon surely starts to sour, so what should Prime Minister Narendra Modi focus on ahead of 2019? Devanik Saha offers some ideas.

Nirbhaya to Jisha: Nothing really changes, does it?

Nirbhaya to Jisha: Nothing really changes, does it?

Rediff.com4 May 2016

I have outraged too much in the past like many others, which hasn't gotten us anywhere. Rapes have merely become statistics in our country, best meant for research reports and discussions at conferences, says Devanik Saha.

Maharashtra, Delhi pay 53% of India's income-tax

Maharashtra, Delhi pay 53% of India's income-tax

Rediff.com4 May 2016

The government earned Rs 7.42 lakh crore as direct taxes in 2015-16, a 66 per cent increase from Rs 4.45 lakh crore in 2010-11

A do-or-die battle in Bengal

A do-or-die battle in Bengal

Rediff.com26 Apr 2016

This is possibly the last election in Bengal where two sides are squaring off against each other. Don't expect the BJP to be a bystander five years hence, says Devanik Saha.

The Pakistani conundrum

The Pakistani conundrum

Rediff.com21 Mar 2016

What does Pakistan mean for a young Indian? Devanik Saha attempts an answer.

Why Mamata is worried about multi-phase state elections

Why Mamata is worried about multi-phase state elections

Rediff.com11 Mar 2016

Though it's been just five years at the helm, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is fighting severe internal dissidence and would crumble like a pack of cards if it loses, says Devanik Saha.

What led JNU students to raise 'seditious' slogans?

What led JNU students to raise 'seditious' slogans?

Rediff.com3 Mar 2016

Rather than make it a BJP or anti-BJP battle, it is more important to have a dialogue with the protesting students and understand their psyche, feels Devanik Saha.

Prime Minister Modi, left of centre?

Prime Minister Modi, left of centre?

Rediff.com10 Feb 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has managed to pull off what was unimaginable a year back -- adopting a much-needed centre-left approach, says Devanik Saha.

Five key factors that will affect BJP in Assam polls

Five key factors that will affect BJP in Assam polls

Rediff.com27 Jan 2016

Mudslinging and verbal attacks will definitely surge once the poll dates are announced, but as with any state, there are some crucial issues which will play a significant role in influencing voters in Assam too, says Devanik Saha.

Pay government employees well but spare a thought for our farmers too

Pay government employees well but spare a thought for our farmers too

Rediff.com9 Dec 2015

Farmers with land sizes less than 0.01 hectare have an average annual income of Rs 54732 and annual consumption of Rs 61296, thereby, a debt of Rs 6564 each year. Compare this with the minimum pay for a government employee, says Devanik Saha.

Available: A votebank on the distaff side

Available: A votebank on the distaff side

Rediff.com20 Nov 2015

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has shown it is possible to form an electoral base with pro-women policies that matter, so why don't other political parties replicate it, asks Devanik Saha.

Niti Aayog's wrong prescription

Niti Aayog's wrong prescription

Rediff.com27 Aug 2015

Taking away free healthcare facilities, as recommended by the Aayog, would place a huge burden on the people, especially in rural areas, says Devanik Saha.

How to get more bang for buck from social sector spending

How to get more bang for buck from social sector spending

Rediff.com7 Aug 2015

With India lagging behind on several human development indices including healthcare and education, the Union government's decision to up the spending on these sectors is a step in the right direction. However, much more needs to be done in the way of increasing accountability and arresting corruption if headway is to be made on these fronts, says Devanik Saha.

Suno bhai sadho: Teaching kids through Kabir's bhajans

Suno bhai sadho: Teaching kids through Kabir's bhajans

Rediff.com17 Jul 2015

Probably the only such school in India, the Satguru Kabir Shiksha Samstha in Luniyakhedi village, Madhya Pradesh, is based on Kabir's philosophy and ideals.

When mother tongue is used for political vendetta

When mother tongue is used for political vendetta

Rediff.com24 Jun 2015

Given India's political scenario, where parties seek votes on the basis of caste and religion, the issue of using mother tongue in schools is more of a political vendetta, says Devanik Saha

India's e-commerce 1/80th the size of China's

India's e-commerce 1/80th the size of China's

Rediff.com17 Jun 2015

Despite having the third-largest internet user base in the world, India does not feature in the top ten e-commerce markets

Post-ambush, focus shifts to North-East but for how long?

Post-ambush, focus shifts to North-East but for how long?

Rediff.com8 Jun 2015

The Centre should focus on achieving peace either through long-term ceasefire agreements or sustained military operations. Military operations which are just intermittent responses to particular incidents won't lead anywhere, says Devanik Saha.

Yawning gap in Modi government's claims and deeds on climate

Yawning gap in Modi government's claims and deeds on climate

Rediff.com23 Apr 2015

Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tall claims that no one has served nature more than India, some of the steps taken by his BJP government proves that the ground reality is exactly opposite, says Devanik Saha.