May 2009

Democracy with Indian Characteristics

With a population of over 1.1 billion people, India is the world's largest democracy. This is all the more remarkable considering the country's profound ethnic and religious diversity. With India's general elections currently underway, we wonder: Which of the following facts about India's democracy are true?

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Electrifying the World

As the world's developing economies continue to grow, their energy consumption is rising as well. This is due in large part to increasing demand for electricity, which is the fastest-growing form of energy use. However, amid widespread concerns over global warming, clean energy sources have become ever more important. We wonder: Which fuel is the world's fastest-growing source of energy?

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Measuring Illiteracy Around the World

Knowledge is power — and the ability to read and write is the most fundamental aspect of education. Indeed, a key indicator of a country’s economic prospects is its literacy rate. We wonder: What percentage of the world’s adult population is illiterate?

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Lucky Singles

The old cliché about death and taxes holds true all across the world — but there are significant variations in the size of the bite that governments take out of employees' pay. We wonder: In which of the following countries does a single, childless individual earning the average wage lose the smallest fraction of his or her pay to income and social insurance taxes?

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