About 50 percent of Indian adults and 40 percent of our children are physically and mentally stunted. In addition, a large number of our women do not join the workforce.
The demographic dividend is a mirage. The percentage of the population that is dependent, and not economically productive, is much larger in India than in any of the fast ageing countries, and will remain so even 30 years from now.
As this article succinctly points out (our children) “are going to grow up and find themselves living in a digital economy where they can’t compete.”
Maternal and child health is a human, societal, and economic emergency. Investing in maternal and child health should be one of the top priorities in India.