Monday, July 12, 2010

BBC reports India's 8 states poorer than Africa!

By Manuwant Choudhary

Its an irony that the truth about India's poor is told in England, and not in India. BBC Hindi reports a study by Oxford University and UNDP which uses the multi-dimensional poverty (MDP) index to discover that 8 Indian states are poorer than Africa.

MDP simply means that one should not judge how rich a person is simply by the salary he earns but by other indicators like the quality of life he enjoys..roads, electricity, food, schools....

The study finds that 42 crore 10 lakh people in India's 8 states are poorer than the 41 crore people living in 26 African countries.

The 8 Indian states are Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgrah, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

This report is a telling reminder that despite figures and growth rates and an economist Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, India's poor remain poor.

It also is a challenge to all those who believe in real liberalisation, not the kind implemented by the Congress and the BJP, to come forward and present a true alternative with right priorities to solve India's problems.

Only a party like the old Swatantra Party can solve India's poverty because the party understood India's problems better than most.

Even the poor want freedom.

Forget the Commonwealth Games, I dream about Shakira performing for India...`This Time India'.

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