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Disabled and extremely poor -Vani S Kulkarni & Raghav Gaiha

-The Hindu There is a link between disability, loss of employment and impoverishment in rural India Of the world’s population, 15% live with some form of disability. Are disabilities associated with economic hardships through loss of employment and consequent impoverishment in rural India? For lack of more recent data (the NSS does not cover disabilities) we tried to answer this question by using the two rounds of the India Human Development Survey...

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'Digital divide' persists despite the country's desire to become a digital giant

  A recent report of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) brings forth the dichotomy between digital divide and India’s transition towards a cashless economy. The rural-urban divide in access to computer and internet is quite stark, according to the report entitled 'Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India, July 2017 to June 2018'.   The 75th round National Sample Survey (NSS) report on education finds that...

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The Continuing Practice of Untouchability in India: Patterns and Mitigating Influences -Amit Thorat & Omkar Joshi

-Economic and Political Weekly The caste (jati)-based practice of untouchability in India, shifting the focus from the victims of this practice, the ex-untouchables (Dalits), to the perpetrators, the non-Dalits is examined by identifying and disaggregating communities that continue to practise untouchability. The second wave of the India Human Development Survey data has been used to generate a socio-economic profile of those who practise untouchability in India, and check the hypothesis that...

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India is a country with pervasive inequality, pockets of deep deprivations and vulnerable populations -Shoko Noda

-The Indian Express The 2019 Human Development Report points to the limits of economic growth in lifting all boats. It also offers a way forward. Grappling with Delhi’s poor air quality for these last couple of months, I have become aware of a stark difference in the way I cope with air pollution, and the way many others do not — because they cannot. Despite the growing evidence detailing the catastrophic impact...

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India ranks 129 out of 189 countries & territories in terms of Human Development index for 2018

-United Nations Development Programme, released on 9 December, 2019 According to the Human Development Report 2019: Inequalities in Human Development in the 21st Century,  India’s HDI value for 2018 is 0.647— which put the country in the medium Human Development category—positioning it at 129 out of 189 countries and territories. Between 1990 and 2018, India’s HDI value increased from 0.431 to 0.647, an increase of 50.0 percent. Between 1990 and 2018, India’s...

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