It’s no secret that India performs poorly amongst the world’s countries in human development indicators.
However, it’s also true that India has been improving consistently for the last 60 years on almost all human development, economic productivity, health and other indicators, and that’s what makes the latest Global Hunger Index information disturbing.
It’s not the low ranking (103rd amongst 119 countries) that shocks. That has been the case for decades and we all know that India has a very long way to go. Most countries are well ahead of India in giving their people a better quality of life.
What is absolutely, unbelievably, shocking and so difficult to digest, is that after decades of consistent yearly improvement, India has become much worse in the last 5 years in the most critical child nourishment and child health indicator – wasting. Continue reading