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The election season is here in my home state of Tamil Nadu (India). Apart from the intense campaigning, mudslinging and catchy party propaganda songs, the election season is also the time for statistics. Many leading survey agencies have hit the road, with an aim to understand the ‘pulse of the people’, and to determine which political party/leader has the people’s trust.

The Motivation

In my previous post, I had looked at the state-wise trends in vaccination rates in India. One finding was that Tamil Nadu was falling behind in terms of vaccination rate when compared to other similar populous states. It is indeed a matter of great surprise to see a state like Tamil Nadu fall behind in the vaccination drive.

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I hence took a closer look at the data, by amalgamating vaccination data with district-level population information from the Census of India 2001 and 2011 and economic well-being information from the 66th and 72nd rounds of the National Sample Survey. …

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Vaccination and India’s Trek Back to Normalcy

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on the world, claiming over 3.7 million lives and devastating the livelihoods of innumerably many. As a consequence of the rapid spread of the disease and the continued need for stringent lockdowns, India’s economy and health care system have been pushed to their absolute limits. Widespread and rapid vaccination is seen as India’s only hope to make a swift return back to normalcy.

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Data — The Sorcerer’s Stone

The meteoric growth in digital technologies has undoubtedly been the defining element of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The digital realm has redefined sundry aspects of our everyday lives from socializing, dating, banking, shopping, to even how and where we work. The concept of ‘Work from Home’ would have been inconceivable if not for the digital technologies (such as video conferencing and cloud storage) that facilitate it.

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The Tale of Indian PSBs — Non-Performing Assets and Capital Erosion

In the recent past, several PSBs have been severely hit with a high level of capital erosion as a consequence of bad debts and defaults. In 2018–19, the gross amount of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) as a proportion of advances was at 11.6% for PSBs, while the number was just 5.3% for the new private sector banks (Source: RBI — DBIE).

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On the 24th of March 2020, the Government of India declared a nation-wide ‘lockdown’ to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The lockdown brought much of production and consumption to a virtual stop, triggering a stark contraction in the economy. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent social distancing measures have sent many leading global economies, including India, into a dizzying tailspin.

Akshay Natteri

Applied Econometrician (M.A. from University of Chicago)

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