What this is about

As it says on the tin, this is all about stories told through data, but with the emphasis on the word ‘stories’. Through such stories, I hope to talk about, and throw light on, a wide range of social, political and economic themes/faultlines which in one way or another, define modern Indian life today. And since there is no one Indian story, there is no one theme running through the stories that I tell.

I hope to start off by blogging about the huge amount of data that is already out there from the 2011 census. Much of the coverage of the census has been about the headline numbers- a sex ratio that remains dismal, a slowing population growth rate and so on. But there’s a huge amount to be gained, and many interesting stories to be told, by digging deeper(by looking at data at the district level for instance) than others have done so far.

Any piece of data tells a story, but it rarely tells only one. The interpretations are all mine and of course those are subjective. Do tell me what I’m getting wrong, what I’m getting right, and what I should be writing about. You can reach me at datastories dot in at gmail dot com

This is a personal project, not affiliated with anyone or any organisation.

February 15, 2013

2 responses to What this is about

  1. Gaddeswarup said:

    I have some misgivings about this approach. Though it is a relief to see a data based blog instead of opinions based one, who will interpret the data outside the five percent. How many know the difference between mean and median. Recently there are attempts by ECB to mislead with data, a couple of instances mentioned in my blog post
    http://gaddeswarup.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/playing-with-data.html
    It always seems to be race between the powerful who interpret the data to their advantage and champions of the poor who try to catch up, since generally they have less resources. Perhaps, there should be some suggestions on what some of the data means and how to interpret it.

  2. Gaddeswarup said:

    After reading some more posts, I think I misunderstood the intent.