Going by contemporary popular movies, an outsider might assume that Indians put a high value on romantic love, but the data shows that the vast majority of Indians have arranged marriages. Despite the furore over reservations, India’s version of affirmative action, upper castes are, on average, still the country’s richest citizens. Despite propaganda from some quarters, at most about one-third of the country is vegetarian. This session cuts through hype and haze to uncover and analyse a range of such statistics, overturning popular misconceptions and adding nuance to simplistic assumptions about the hugely complex and diverse country that is India.
Rukmini S’s book Whole Numbers and Half-Truths, is also part of the longlist for Non-Fiction First Book of the Year at the Tata Literature Live! 2022 Awards.
Rukmini S. is an independent data journalist based in Chennai, India.