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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Inequality worries bigger than what NFHS illustrates

In the first of a five-part data journalism series based on National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) data, HT's data and political economy team finds that India's inequality problem is far sharper than what is made out by the data
India has an inequality problem and it is far sharper than what it is made out to by NFHS data.(Bloomberg)
India has an inequality problem and it is far sharper than what it is made out to by NFHS data.(Bloomberg)
Updated on May 24, 2022 03:16 PM IST
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Heatwaves persist but some areas remain cooler than average

The plight of Delhi and large parts of north-west and central India is in sharp contrast with large parts of the country, which were actually cooler than historical average in the second week of May.
A group of youngsters play in a canal to beat the heat in Surat on Monday. (PTI)
A group of youngsters play in a canal to beat the heat in Surat on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:17 PM IST
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Why India’s booster roll-out needs a boost

The proportion of those not turning up for the booster dose has also been increasing with each passing day. Compared to current 86.1 million or 75% of those eligible, those who missed their third shot numbered 48.3 million or 68% of those eligible on April 10, the first day all adults became eligible for it.
On January 9, the seven-day average of vaccination sites was at an all-time high: 102,670.
On January 9, the seven-day average of vaccination sites was at an all-time high: 102,670.
Updated on May 14, 2022 11:30 AM IST
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How will delimitation change electoral politics in Jammu & Kashmir?

The final order of the Delimitation Commission for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir has created a political controversy in the erstwhile state
The three members of the Delimitation Commission have signed off on the final order for restructuring the assembly seats in the Union Territory(ANI)
The three members of the Delimitation Commission have signed off on the final order for restructuring the assembly seats in the Union Territory(ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:33 AM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore

Number Theory: What does CRS data tell us about India’s Covid deaths?

Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul recently said the latest CRS numbers show that claims of India’s official Covid-19 death toll being gross underestimates are untrue. An HT analysis shows that this conclusion is best reserved.
Workers put on personal protective suits before carrying the body of a Covid-19 victim for cremation in Delhi in September 2020 (AP File Photo)
Workers put on personal protective suits before carrying the body of a Covid-19 victim for cremation in Delhi in September 2020 (AP File Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2022 01:03 PM IST
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India registers fewer births in pandemic year: CRS data

A total of 24.22 million births and 8.12 million deaths were registered in India in 2020, according to a CRS report released on May 3 by the Office of the Registrar General of India under MHA.
India is not the first country to report a fall in births during a pandemic and similar trend was reported in many high-income countries. (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
India is not the first country to report a fall in births during a pandemic and similar trend was reported in many high-income countries. (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 04, 2022 11:40 AM IST
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49% of Indian workers are employed outdoors in scorching heat

Over the past few weeks, large parts of the country have seen severe heatwaves.
Labourers work at a construction site on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Labourers work at a construction site on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Updated on May 03, 2022 12:18 PM IST
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Number Theory: Why a minor deviation in April’s heat felt far hotter

According to IMD's own analysis until April 28, India's maximum temperature was the fourth highest since 1901, and 1.12 degrees above normal.
India’s average maximum temperature for April was 35.83 degrees Celsius, 0.86 degrees higher than the 1981-2010 average. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT)
India’s average maximum temperature for April was 35.83 degrees Celsius, 0.86 degrees higher than the 1981-2010 average. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT)
Updated on May 02, 2022 07:31 PM IST
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Grasping the challenges in India’s booster rollout

Only around 40% of people in the 12-15 years age group and 79% of those in the 15-18 years age group has received first doses (they became eligible for them on March 16 and January 3 respectively).
The current pace of vaccination is low even if one allows for the gap requirement of nine months for boosters, and the fact that most adults have been fully vaccinated.(Rahul Raut/HT File Photo)
The current pace of vaccination is low even if one allows for the gap requirement of nine months for boosters, and the fact that most adults have been fully vaccinated.(Rahul Raut/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 06:19 AM IST
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By, New Delhi, Hindustan Times

A look at where and why forest fires occur in summer season

How widespread are the summer fires? Where and why do they occur? How widespread are they in the current year? Here are four charts that answer these questions.
The data analysed by HT shows that this year there are more fires in March and April than at any other time of the year.
The data analysed by HT shows that this year there are more fires in March and April than at any other time of the year.
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 05:06 PM IST
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Number Theory: March 2022 was oddly hot for the world, not just India

What makes this unusually warm March even more exceptional is that it followed long-term trends despite La Niña conditions. “At the global scale, the temperatures are rising regardless of the state of the tropical Pacific…,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of GISS.
The average temperature in 2022 for the planet as a whole was 1.07 degrees Celsius (°C) warmer than its mean in the 1951-1980 period (used as the normal by GISS), according to the GISTEMP gridded data, the temperature dataset developed by GISS. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The average temperature in 2022 for the planet as a whole was 1.07 degrees Celsius (°C) warmer than its mean in the 1951-1980 period (used as the normal by GISS), according to the GISTEMP gridded data, the temperature dataset developed by GISS. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 10:06 AM IST
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Number Theory: How hot has India’s April 2022 been so far?

March 2022 was the ninth hottest March in India since 1951 by average maximum temperature, according to India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) gridded temperature dataset.
While the April 1-17 period is among the hottest for north-west India -- it is the second hottest in Delhi since 1951.(HT Photo)
While the April 1-17 period is among the hottest for north-west India -- it is the second hottest in Delhi since 1951.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 03:07 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Number Theory: The March of summer - A cool start with a hot end

An HT analysis of India Meteorological Department (IMD) data shows that this March was an ‘unusual’ month.
The month of March has just ended, but the heatwave is already on the rise. (Representational photo)
The month of March has just ended, but the heatwave is already on the rise. (Representational photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 12:12 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

The March of summer: A cool start with a hot end

March 2022 saw heatwaves in various parts of India although it is only after the spring equinox on March 20 that the northern hemisphere starts heating up
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Published on Apr 03, 2022 11:54 PM IST
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Record night temp behind unusually hot, dry March

The hottest of days were not evenly spread across the month for either city, but instead occurred sporadically
Students try to protect themselves from the scorching heat. (ANI PHOTO)
Students try to protect themselves from the scorching heat. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 01, 2022 12:10 PM IST
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Data: Non-communicable disease deaths were rising pre-pandemic

The largest major group of diseases that caused deaths in 2015-17 were non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, same as in 2014-16.
The SRS data on causes of deaths released on Thursday is based on a verbal autopsy. (AFP)
The SRS data on causes of deaths released on Thursday is based on a verbal autopsy. (AFP)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 12:11 AM IST
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Status check: Significant progress on Covid vaccination, but challenges remain

97% of the country’s adult population has received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine by March 29 while 84% have received both shots
A quarter of 15-18 age groups has not received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 14.2 million eligible people have not received their boosters.(HT Photo)
A quarter of 15-18 age groups has not received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 14.2 million eligible people have not received their boosters.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 31, 2022 12:20 PM IST
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How Uttar Pradesh performed in Yogi Adityanath’s first term

Yogi Adityanath of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the first chief minister of Uttar Pradesh to return to the position for a consecutive term after serving a full tenure
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)
Updated on Mar 28, 2022 02:04 PM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

2 yrs since lockdown: Covid has changed how India moves, works, and consumes

  • How stringent was India’s lockdown when it was first imposed, and what has been India’s unlock progress compared to the rest of the world?
A deserted view of Marine Drive during lockdown in Mumbai in April 2020. (Pratik Chorge/HT photo)
A deserted view of Marine Drive during lockdown in Mumbai in April 2020. (Pratik Chorge/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 11:24 AM IST
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Understanding the crisis plaguing the Congress

The Congress has been facing a decline in its fortunes for a much longer time, not just over the last decade or two when its vote share dropped below the 20% threshold for the first time in 2014, and later in 2019.
The Congress faces its biggest crisis in its ability to convert popular support into seats. (Reuters File Photo)
The Congress faces its biggest crisis in its ability to convert popular support into seats. (Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 12:33 PM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

Mid-March average temperatures closer to mid-April levels

An HT analysis of IMD data indicates that the average maximum temperature in the country has reached levels in March that were historically breached in mid-April.
An HT analysis of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) data shows that so far, this has been India’s driest March since 1901. (ANI)
An HT analysis of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) data shows that so far, this has been India’s driest March since 1901. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 12:17 PM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Exploring the limitations of class-based politics

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved a comfortable victory over the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the recent Uttar Pradesh elections
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during the celebration of the BJP’s victory at the party’s state headquarters in Lucknow. (FILE PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during the celebration of the BJP’s victory at the party’s state headquarters in Lucknow. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 12:11 PM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

Number Theory: Rising mercury sets the stage for Holi in the heat

According to IMD's gridded temperature dataset, the average maximum temperature across India in the March 1 to March 15 period this year is 31 degrees Celsius. This is 0.7 degrees, or 2.3%, above normal, which is the average of temperature in 1981-2010.
The pre-Holi week in 2022 in comparison to the pre-Holi week in previous years is the 5th hottest since 1951 by maximum temperature.(HT Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
The pre-Holi week in 2022 in comparison to the pre-Holi week in previous years is the 5th hottest since 1951 by maximum temperature.(HT Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Mar 18, 2022 05:38 AM IST
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Size of rural families shrinks: Sample registration system report

The Total Fertility Level (TFR) – defined as the number of children a woman is expected to have in her reproductive age (15-49 years) – in rural and urban India in 2019 has been estimated to be 2.3 and 1.7
According to the report, families in India’s villages are increasingly having fewer children, a trend that will bring down the size of rural households to around the same as their urban counterparts (which are smaller) in days to come (HT File/Representative use)
According to the report, families in India’s villages are increasingly having fewer children, a trend that will bring down the size of rural households to around the same as their urban counterparts (which are smaller) in days to come (HT File/Representative use)
Updated on Mar 15, 2022 06:10 PM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Punjab election: AAP tally biggest ever in the state

  • In terms of vote share, AAP’s victory in the state is not that unprecedented. The Congress won 45% and 44% of total votes in 1980 and 1992.
AAP's Punjab CM candidate Bhagwant Mann waves at supporters during a rally to celebrate the party's win in Assembly polls, at Dhuri, in Sangrur.(PTI)
AAP's Punjab CM candidate Bhagwant Mann waves at supporters during a rally to celebrate the party's win in Assembly polls, at Dhuri, in Sangrur.(PTI)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 01:26 PM IST
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The story in numbers: What’s the larger takeaway of the poll verdict

  • The BJP went to this election cycle as the incumbent in four out of five states, and faced double anti-incumbency: it was in power in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa as well as the centre.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath along with deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh and others celebrating at BJP state headquarter in Lucknow. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath along with deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh and others celebrating at BJP state headquarter in Lucknow. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 09:52 AM IST
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In Manipur, BJP makes history with simple majority for the first time

Most of BJP’s gains have come at the cost of the Congress, which has finished fourth in terms of seat share, below the BJP, the NPEP and the Janata Dal (United)
Manipur CM N Biren Singh and Manipur BJP chief A Sharda Devi dance after the party's victory in Assembly polls, in Imphal, Thursday. (PTI)
Manipur CM N Biren Singh and Manipur BJP chief A Sharda Devi dance after the party's victory in Assembly polls, in Imphal, Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 01:02 AM IST
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UP election result: Samajwadi Party vote share goes up but not enough

UP election result: Until exit poll results were announced on the evening of March 7, the Uttar Pradesh elections were described as a closely contested one by not just analysts but also senior political laeaders across parties (including some from the Bharatiya Janata Party).
A deserted Samajwadi Party office after the party’s defeat in the UP assembly election, in Lucknow, on Thursday. (ANI)
A deserted Samajwadi Party office after the party’s defeat in the UP assembly election, in Lucknow, on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 12:54 AM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

Regional concerns continue to play important role in Goa

The continued importance of regional parties in the state can also be gauged from their performance within the alliances led by the Congress and Trinamool Congress.
In the 2017 election, the BJP lost the highest number of seats (7) to spoilers, three of them coming from independents. In 2022, the BJP lost eight seats to spoilers. (Atish Naik)
In the 2017 election, the BJP lost the highest number of seats (7) to spoilers, three of them coming from independents. In 2022, the BJP lost eight seats to spoilers. (Atish Naik)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 12:38 AM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

How to read assembly election results today from the 5 states

Here are four charts that explain the larger takeaway of the assembly poll results that will be announced on Thursday
Security personnel at a counting centre in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Security personnel at a counting centre in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 05:09 AM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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