India fares poor

13 October 2010 02:31 am - 26     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Despite witnessing high economic growth during the last five years, India had been ranked below many of its neighbouring countries like China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, according to a global hunger index published by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said.

One of the few economies to register healthy growth while large parts of the world see a recession, India has been ranked 67th, well below China (9th), Sri Lanka (39th), Pakistan (52nd) and Nepal (56th). The index rated 84 countries on the basis of three key indicators – prevalence of child malnutrition, rate of child mortality and the proportion of people who are calorie deficient.

India has the bulk of malnourished people in the world,” Ashok Gulati, director, Asia, IFPRI, said. However, he said the index relied on the data by NSSO 61st round based on the data collected during 2004-05 while many other countries had latest data to offer.

In India, high index scores are driven by high levels of children being underweight resulting from the low nutritional and social status of women in the country, the report noted. The country is also home to 42% of the world’s underweight children, while Pakistan has just 5%.

“The economic performance and hunger levels are inversely correlated. In South and South-East Asia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Timor-Leste are among countries with hunger levels considerably higher than their gross national income per capita,” the IFPRI report said.

  Comments - 26

  • Immysl Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:10 AM

    And yet the Indians are so proud of their motherland.

    xxx Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:13 AM

    India has to continue with mother Theresa's mission.

    Wasantha Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:13 AM

    How can India rated below SL, Pakistan, Napal?. Unacceptable.

    R. Hood Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:10 AM

    What's happening at China's grass root level are invisible.

    lamak Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:54 PM

    if the facts dont match your opinions, go ahead and change the facts..haha indian style

    lankaman Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:38 AM

    India is trying to create trouble in its neighbours to stay on top. report is evident they are failing

    Rasa Rajeswaran Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:42 AM

    Indian culture, values, moral strength, patriotism, intellect, hard work, the will to put up with difficulties of all sort still dominates the whole world.
    Unforunately, the population and the large population of poor people, eats away any development achieved. It will take a few more decades only to correct this unfortunate tilt in the country as far as the economy is concerned.
    Long live Hinduism and Budhism and the culture and the values of India, which is respected all over the world.

    Above the crowd Thursday, 14 October 2010 03:36 AM

    Dream on. the fantasy world The wonderland. Eradicate corruption and Fraud first.

    sw Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:45 AM

    The Big Brother has a very percentage of the population below poverty line.

    Above the crowd Thursday, 14 October 2010 03:39 AM

    You are dead right lankaman. We know what they did to us and you should never believe them.

    ajith Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:49 AM

    Yet Indian's are a proud lot to live under one flag no matter under any circumstances or ranking.

    NelsoN Wednesday, 13 October 2010 05:06 AM

    I think India did not feed the " IFPRI ".

    ND Wednesday, 13 October 2010 05:12 AM

    There is nothing wrong withbeing proud of your mother land or your family, or parents, even if they are dirt poor and have humble beginnings. Actually its a great quality to be proud of where you come from, nation, village, family etc.
    India's problems are mega size; as are her opportunities. Just like her population. So its very difficult to solve them. And being a democracy, even with naive people who can be manipulated with a couple of rupees, that is a good thing too. But it makes it hard to get anything done fast. Poverty and corruption do not help. Nor do the diversity of opinions, even though it makes up a great culture, nation etc.
    Good luck to India. We hope she does well. The world needs a prosperous and educated India to counter China.

    Suba Wednesday, 13 October 2010 05:14 AM

    The Govt of Sri Lanka should not be complacent but strive harder to advance. Petty jealousies and a path of revenge won't help.

    tissa Wednesday, 13 October 2010 10:29 AM

    Agreed Rasa. thanks a lot

    xxx Wednesday, 13 October 2010 05:28 AM

    Indian literacy level must be improved to minimize ignorance and myths that have taken root in the societies. This situation is
    something unexpected inconsistency when compared with their technological and agricultural developments and achievements.

    Proud Wednesday, 13 October 2010 05:31 AM

    India is having a hand in SL too. Trying to rob our land, oil, ports and now labour market. They don't know who they are but trying to control others.

    demon Wednesday, 13 October 2010 06:28 AM


    Ramanujan Wednesday, 13 October 2010 06:56 AM

    We have rulers who love to kneel before them at the drop of a hats!

    thanus Wednesday, 13 October 2010 04:39 PM

    deer sonia,
    correct the corruption in ur country
    then do any shit in secuirty council
    feed your people first

    Saradial Thursday, 14 October 2010 06:16 AM

    China has more population then India. China used their show its population as resource and used for development but india missed to use its HR correctly.

    Wara Wednesday, 13 October 2010 08:24 AM

    That's what UNP cannot understand not any other thing.

    TDDC Wednesday, 13 October 2010 08:31 AM

    India should try to bring down the population by half like china one child policy. Mrs Gnadhi`s era she tried this by forced surgery for mails , as a results but she loss the election. Imagine, the population of the City Calcutta itself exceed the population of whole Sri lanka. What is point of having few billionaires when the rest of the country men suffering?.

    shan Wednesday, 13 October 2010 08:44 PM


    Senthil Wednesday, 13 October 2010 11:19 AM

    Their economy is growing because of their massive labour force. So don't blame on population.

    polkiccha Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:02 PM

    Indians are too arrogant about what they achieved in the last few years. timely reminder

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