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Students in literate states lead spike in Indian protests

Between 2009 and 2014, 420,000 protests were held across India-an average of 200 protests every day nationwide

Prabhpreet Singh Sood & Prince Singhal 

States with higher literacy levels report more protests, and nearly half of these protests were led by political parties, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of police data over six years. The sharpest rise in unrest came from student-led agitations (148%) between 2009 and 2014, the period covered by the analysis, show the data, gleaned from the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPRD), a national police agency. Karnataka reported the most student protests (12%), despite a statewide ban on student unions in colleges. A high literacy rate and a concentration of ...

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