NEW DELHI: Testinois level in India rose for the first time in three years on Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath to the nation as he prepares to take charge of his first year in office.
The rise in the levels of the hormone testosterone in the country followed a string of political incidents in recent months, including an attack on Indian parliament, an anti-corruption drive and the appointment of an independent body to investigate alleged irregularities in the allocation of the 2019 elections.
The surge in testosterone levels was attributed to Modi’s efforts to boost the country’s image after the attacks in India’s parliament and the killing of an Indian lawmaker by unidentified assailants last week, but it also reflects the nation’s growing confidence that Modi can bring about change.
“He (Modi) is taking a leadership role in the nation and I think that will bring about a change in the atmosphere,” said Mani Sharma, a retired doctor from Uttar Pradesh who lives in Mumbai.
The latest rise in testosterone level is not necessarily a good thing for the country, but its also likely to bring positive results, Sharma said.
The Indian government is currently looking at ways to combat the rise of testosterone levels and is looking into the possibility of a new testosterone testing test.
The increase in testosterone is the latest in a string for which the government has blamed the Modi government for the rise.
A survey by the government-run Institute of Population Sciences, however, suggested the increase may be more due to economic woes.
The survey showed that in the first three months of this year, there was a 25 percent increase in the number of testosterone-positive people, compared to the same period last year.
The rise was also much higher among women, with testosterone levels increasing by 32 percent in women compared to last year, compared with just 11 percent in men.
There is also concern over an increase in cases of cancer in men, with prostate cancer the top cause of death in India.
The government has set aside Rs1.2 trillion ($3.4 billion) to address the issue, with Rs100 billion of the funds going towards health care.
But some experts say the money will not make a difference in the long run.
The Narendra Modi government, in contrast, has promised a $50 billion investment to India’s healthcare system.
Modi has also promised to eradicate poverty, with the government announcing a $200 million fund to build toilets in rural areas.