Indian spacecraft is orbiting Mars, we have chosen the first president of the New Development Bank, we’re on our way of becoming an Asian lion compared to 74.04% of our adult population is literate compared to world average of 84%, 40% of our children drops out of schools at the elementary level, 56% of adolescent girls and 30% of adolescent boys are anaemic, 54% of Indian households doesn’t have adequate access to the sanitation facility, 29.5% of Indian population lives below the poverty line, that too on the basis of Rs47 spending in urban areas per capitaper day and Rs 32 spending in rural areas. What a stark contrast.
In Indian context, development programmes are producing spectacular economic growth in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) improvement, but that growth is not giving rise to sustainable economic development. The reason behind the hindrance is chiefly attributed to lack of political will coupled with weak and often misleading governance. Corruption, non participatory nature of development, a top down approach of planning, lack of transparency and accountability are some of the major causes of India’s chronic poverty. Despite billions spent in various development projects aimed at holistic development of Indian ‘Mango Man’. We’ve still failing to see India as a developed instead of developing nation-just like Milkha Singh in Helsinki Olympic.
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