Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa

Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa

Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa is a data journalist at Hindustan Times. He tells stories with data, code and graphics.

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India is so far the only country among the five countries with the highest number of confirmed cases to not have seen a second wave of the infection.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
India is so far the only country among the five countries with the highest number of confirmed cases to not have seen a second wave of the infection.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Number theory: The Covid-19 story across the country’s districts

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 04:34 AM IST
New cases of the infection are now significantly lower than the peak in most parts of India except in the state of Kerala.
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Office workers work amid a busy day in a startup company in Mumbai. (HT Archive)
Office workers work amid a busy day in a startup company in Mumbai. (HT Archive)

Key numbers, ideas in the Economic Survey

By Roshan Kishore, Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 07:03 AM IST
  • The Survey’s projections, in line with the IMF’s latest growth projections, mean that India will go back to being the world’s fastest growing major economy in 2021-22 and 2022-23.
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The report primarily ranks states for the sense of competitiveness, it also highlights several shortcomings in the justice delivery system at the national level.(Getty Images/HT Archive)
The report primarily ranks states for the sense of competitiveness, it also highlights several shortcomings in the justice delivery system at the national level.(Getty Images/HT Archive)

An overview of justice delivery across all states

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 04:46 AM IST
  • The report uses statistics compiled by states to rank 18 large and mid-sized states, and seven small states, and compares their performance based on parameters across what it calls the four pillars of the justice delivery system
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India will overtake China to become the most populous country in 2023, when its population will reach 1.42 billion.(Reuters)
India will overtake China to become the most populous country in 2023, when its population will reach 1.42 billion.(Reuters)

The number theory: Imagining India, 10 years from now

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa, Abhishek Jha and Vineet Sachdev | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:18 PM IST
India’s first climate change assessment by the ministry of earth sciences (MoES), published in 2020. said that the climate change seen in the country since the middle of the 20th century is expected to continue in the future.
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A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier during a rapid antigen testing campaign for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Gandhinagar.(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier during a rapid antigen testing campaign for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Gandhinagar.(REUTERS)

Where India stands in global Covid-19 spread

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 06:10 AM IST
An average of nearly 22,000 new cases was recorded in India every day in the week ending December 27, according to HT’s Covid-19 dashboard.
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Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah speaks during a meeting with his party workers a day after the District Development Council elections results in Srinagar.(AP)
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah speaks during a meeting with his party workers a day after the District Development Council elections results in Srinagar.(AP)

The Number Theory: Understanding the DDC election results in Jammu and Kashmir

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 08:42 AM IST
Here are five charts that explain what the DDC results mean for Jammu and Kashmir’s politics.
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Voters stand in queues at polling station for the last (8th) phase of the first-ever DDC elections, in Reasi on Saturday.(ANI File)
Voters stand in queues at polling station for the last (8th) phase of the first-ever DDC elections, in Reasi on Saturday.(ANI File)

J&K: Counting of votes for DDC polls underway; PAGD leads in Kashmir, BJP in Jammu

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:02 PM IST
As of 1.10pm, the state election authority has published leads for 224 seats out of the total 280 across the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir
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A health care worker collects swab sample of the passengers at Dadar station in Mumbai on Friday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
A health care worker collects swab sample of the passengers at Dadar station in Mumbai on Friday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

The spread of India’s 10 million Covid-19 cases

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 07:03 AM IST
Delhi, as one single unit, has the highest caseload, 6.3% of the country’s total cases, followed by Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Thane, and Chennai.
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Children at an Anganwadi having mid-day meal in a village in Khandwa.(PRIYANKA PARASHAR/HT ARCHIVE)
Children at an Anganwadi having mid-day meal in a village in Khandwa.(PRIYANKA PARASHAR/HT ARCHIVE)

Fifth NFHS shows malnutrition and obesity on the rise

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 01:56 AM IST
The survey has been conducted after a gap of about three years. The first set of findings has been released for only 22 states and Union territories, which together are home to almost half of the country’s population.
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MP and President of National Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah, PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, former CM Omar Abdullah and other members after a meeting of People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, in Srinagar.(PTI)
MP and President of National Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah, PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, former CM Omar Abdullah and other members after a meeting of People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, in Srinagar.(PTI)

Is the Gupkar alliance driven by political arithmetic or chemistry?

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 04:59 AM IST
After being released and just before the DDC polls, leaders of seven political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have announced formation of an alliance called the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) against the nullification or modification of the state’s special constitutional position.
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India saw an increasing trend of daily new confirmed Covid-19 cases for about six months after the infection first started spreading in the country.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
India saw an increasing trend of daily new confirmed Covid-19 cases for about six months after the infection first started spreading in the country.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Tracking the coronavirus pandemic: First signs of a 2nd wave

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 06:34 AM IST
The number of daily new confirmed cases in Delhi has been rising for about a fortnight now. The Union territory reported more than 7,500 new cases on Thursday.
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In its first press conference after the results, the MGB leadership accused the Election Commission of India (ECI) of having cancelled postal ballots which were in its favour in various assembly constituencies (ACs).(ANI Photo)
In its first press conference after the results, the MGB leadership accused the Election Commission of India (ECI) of having cancelled postal ballots which were in its favour in various assembly constituencies (ACs).(ANI Photo)

Why blaming Congress in Bihar is a red herring

By Roshan Kishore and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 05:28 AM IST
The Congress managed to win 19 out of the 70 Assembly Constituencies (ACs) it contested in these elections. In 2015, it won 27 out of the 41 it had contested. Compared to 2015, 2020 looks like an underperformance.
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Bihar, Oct 14 (ANI): RJD candidate Tejaswi Yadav with brother Tej Pratap Yadav show victory sign after filing his nomination papers from Raghopur assembly seat ahead of Bihar assembly polls, in Vaishali on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Bihar, Oct 14 (ANI): RJD candidate Tejaswi Yadav with brother Tej Pratap Yadav show victory sign after filing his nomination papers from Raghopur assembly seat ahead of Bihar assembly polls, in Vaishali on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

The age factor behind Grand Alliance setback

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa and Roshan Kishore | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 03:54 AM IST
Among candidates in age-groups 36-50 and 51-65, the NDA and the MGB candidates have a broadly similar strike rate (seats won as a share of seats contested).
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The seat share of NDA increased over each phase. It is 29.6% in the first phase, 52.1% in the second phase and 66.7% in the third phase.(HT)
The seat share of NDA increased over each phase. It is 29.6% in the first phase, 52.1% in the second phase and 66.7% in the third phase.(HT)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: NDA’s seat share rose with every phase

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 04:26 AM IST
On every indicator, be it strike rate, vote share, or victory margin, the NDA improved from the first to the final phase.
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Women voters hold up inked fingers after casting vote in the third phase of Bihar Assembly election, in Saharsa, Bihar. (HT Photo)
Women voters hold up inked fingers after casting vote in the third phase of Bihar Assembly election, in Saharsa, Bihar. (HT Photo)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: How women steered NDA towards majority

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 06:20 AM IST
Data from the Election Commission of India shows that women do not outnumber men among registered electors in any of Bihar’s 243 ACs.
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Voters stand in queues maintaining social distance at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.(AP)
Voters stand in queues maintaining social distance at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.(AP)

In focus: Bihar’s Covid challenge

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 05:56 AM IST
Bihar Assembly Election 2020: As the verdict on the election of the next government in the state is scheduled for Tuesday, we take a look at the challenges that face the next ruling dispensation.
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Security personnel with VVAT and EVM machines headed for polling booths from a distribution centre ahead of the third phase of Bihar Assembly election in Hajipur, Bihar. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Security personnel with VVAT and EVM machines headed for polling booths from a distribution centre ahead of the third phase of Bihar Assembly election in Hajipur, Bihar. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 : Final round of Bihar voting today

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 11:37 PM IST
Muslims comprise nearly 17% of Bihar’s population. Regions voting in the third phase of the assembly elections are home to nearly half of the state’s Muslim population.
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Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) sealing officers check EVMs and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) ahead of the second phase of Bihar assembly polls, in Patna.(PTI)
Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) sealing officers check EVMs and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) ahead of the second phase of Bihar assembly polls, in Patna.(PTI)

Phase 2 of Bihar: What’s at stake today?

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 02:43 PM IST
The polls are being held in 94 assembly constituencies in the second phase, higher than the number in the other two phases. The region is also home to 38% of the state’s overall population and about 48% of its urban population.
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This year’s election will test whether these parties are able to hold on to their strongholds while making the most of the swing seats.(PTI)
This year’s election will test whether these parties are able to hold on to their strongholds while making the most of the swing seats.(PTI)

Bihar votes today: What is at stake in Phase One?

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 12:53 AM IST
Bihar Election 2020: The JD(U) won in 17 constituencies in both 2010 and 2015 while the Bharatiya Janata Party won in five. The RJD won both elections in just three seats, and the Congress, in one.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during an election rally(HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during an election rally(HT Photo)

Understanding Bihar elections, phase-wise

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa and Roshan Kishore | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 10:06 AM IST
An HT analysis shows that each of these phases will comprise ACs that are different from others in multiple ways. This, in a way, is symptomatic of the state’s sociocultural and political diversity, as well as different historical fault lines.
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Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan holds a meeting with party candidates ahead of the Bihar assembly elections via video conference.(ANI Photo)
Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan holds a meeting with party candidates ahead of the Bihar assembly elections via video conference.(ANI Photo)

How will the LJP factor play out in the Bihar Assembly Election 2020?

By Roshan Kishore and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 04:30 AM IST
Ram Vilas Paswan, a veteran politician and the founder of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) passed away last week. His son and two-time Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan now has the task of facing an election immediately after this personal and political loss.
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A police official on duty seen outside the Red Fort.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO/For Representative Purposes Only)
A police official on duty seen outside the Red Fort.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO/For Representative Purposes Only)

India records 1.6% rise in crimes in 2018-19: NCRB data

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 06:37 AM IST
Nearly 5.2 million cognisable crimes were reported across India in 2019. These cognisable crimes include those covered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as those covered under various Special and Local Laws (SLL).
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The life expectancy is bound to differ across states as well. (File photo by Aalok Soni/Hindustan Times)
The life expectancy is bound to differ across states as well. (File photo by Aalok Soni/Hindustan Times)

What’s your life expectancy? This tool lets you find out

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 08:47 PM IST
The actual number of years a person could expect to live for depends on a range of socio-economic factors, health conditions, climate, etc.
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The number of tests conducted per million people in rural districts was 14,880, compared with 26,115 tests per million in urban districts(REUTERS PHOTO)
The number of tests conducted per million people in rural districts was 14,880, compared with 26,115 tests per million in urban districts(REUTERS PHOTO)

What data tells us about testing in urban and rural India

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 10:25 PM IST
Even though the headline testing figures are lower in rural India, it may largely be better placed in terms of testing strategy than urban areas
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Do falling farmer suicides mean less rural distress?

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 04:55 AM IST
The number of farmers committing suicide has been decreasing for four consecutive years. A look at why this may be.
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In terms of fatalities in road accidents, 56,288 people died in the first six months of this year compared to 79,678 in the same period last year, a drop of about 30%.(Ravi Kumar/HT file photo)
In terms of fatalities in road accidents, 56,288 people died in the first six months of this year compared to 79,678 in the same period last year, a drop of about 30%.(Ravi Kumar/HT file photo)

Road accidents in India down by 35% this year

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 02:59 AM IST
On an average, nearly 2,48,000 road accidents were reported between January and June each year between 2014 and 2019.
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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for Covid-19 in New Delhi on Saturday.(AP Photo)
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for Covid-19 in New Delhi on Saturday.(AP Photo)

Is Covid-19 less fatal in India’s villages?

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 09:52 PM IST
Rural areas seem to be doing better in terms of case fatality rate (CFR). CFR is defined as the cumulative number of deaths as a share of the cumulative number of cases.
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Internet penetration in Bihar is 32 subscribers per 100 people by the end of 2019, according to TRAI data.(HT photo)
Internet penetration in Bihar is 32 subscribers per 100 people by the end of 2019, according to TRAI data.(HT photo)

Bihar campaign faces virtual test

By Subhash Pathak and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, Patna/Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:19 PM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the rules of the electoral game, with Bihar as a test case.
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Prisons in Delhi were the most overcrowded among all states and union territories – there were about 17,500 prisoners lodged in jails with a collective capacity of about 10,000.(HT photo)
Prisons in Delhi were the most overcrowded among all states and union territories – there were about 17,500 prisoners lodged in jails with a collective capacity of about 10,000.(HT photo)

Prison overcrowding in 2019 highest in 10 years

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 06:38 AM IST
While this is only one percentage point more than the number in 2018, a state-wise analysis shows that the number of states and union territories reporting overcrowded prisons has increased from 18 in 2018 to 21 in 2019. Eleven states have reported overcrowded prisons for five consecutive years.
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Bihar campaign faces virtual test

By Subhash Pathak and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2020 11:44 PM IST
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