India is far worse than any other country in the world in terms of early deaths from communicable disease, which is clear from the image.
Much of the disease occurs due to contaminated water, contaminated food and poor hygiene.
Over the last 60 years, successive governments have repeatedly prioritised the wrong programs, and they continue to do so.
We want to invest billions in smart cities but do not spend the smaller sum needed to ensure potable water in all taps in Indian towns and cities.
A huge number of toilets have been built under the Swachh Bharat Program, which is a good thing. However, spending a much smaller amount on upgrading the facilities, staffing, and capacities, of the FSSAI, would have ensured a national cleanup of milk supply, food hygiene in all restaurants, stopping of food contamination in road side eateries, and put a stop to unhygienic poorly packaged food sold by the unorganised sector.
We spent billions on cleaning up the Ganga and other rivers with dubious results. A much smaller sum would have created a solution to crop burning across north India, and dramatically reduced disease and deaths due to air pollution.
What will it take for the Government of India to get its priorities right?