03 August, 2021

Jampacked  And Exploding

In its 50th year of Independence, India is logging up amazing numbers. Eight Five Year Plans. Eleven general elections. Fifty-two newborns every minute. One Chandigarh a week. Two Bhopals a month. A Singapore every five weeks. An Australia every eigh

Jampacked  And Exploding

  •  A nation where an estimated 25 million people are homeless
  •  Where 171.3 million people still don't have access to safe drinking water
  •  A country that houses the largest number of adult illiterates in the world—an appalling 290 million, which is more than the combined population of the US and Canada
  •  With 53 per cent of the children below five underweight as against even Ethiopia's 48 per cent
  •  A country that has only 4.4 doctors per 10,000 people and most of them not in the rural areas
  •  A nation that has slithered down gradually from its 82nd position in 1970 to a dismal 135 in the world Human Development Index. Below Pakistan's 134 and Sri Lanka's 89

  •  A country that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, 1996, estimates will take over 100 years to graduate to the 'high human development' category—a task that humungus China will accomplish within the next 25 years.

    AND then, the mother-statistic of them all, which engenders these shockers—by the turn of the century, India...

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