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    A ‘perfect storm’ for ending undernutrition

    Lawrence Haddad

    We are in the midst of a ‘perfect storm’ for ending undernutrition. Maximum effort is required to take advantage of this transformative opportunity How optimistic should we be about progress in global nutrition? Global poverty rates have fallen dramatically over the past 20 years because of rapid economic growth in China combined with its relatively low initial levels of inequality and its large population. Will we see the same for global stunting rates because of progress in India? Will India be the new China? Well, the stunting declines (for under 2s) in the Indian state of...

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    Putting undernutrition higher on the political agenda

    Lawrence Haddad

    A number of African and South Asian countries are failing to match economic growth with commitments to reduce hunger and undernutrition. With its new government now firmly in place, India has a golden opportunity to eradicate undernutrition, and fast India is in the midst of a ‘perfect storm’ for ending undernutrition. Yet, given the little progress which has so far been made, maximum effort will be required to take advantage of this transformative opportunity. So why are so many so optimistic? 6 reasons to be hopeful First, there is a sense that the previous Indian National...

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    MNREGA: Populist leaky bucket or anti-poverty success?

    Dilip Mookherjee

    The world’s largest workfare programme – MNREGA – formed the backbone of the Indian United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s anti-poverty programme, and may well represent its most important legacy. While the programme was far from perfect, it was much more effective than other existing schemes Nine years ago, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government implemented the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), the world’s largest workfare programme. Rolled out in three successive stages starting in 2005, it covered the entire country by 2008....

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    Religion, minority status and trust in India

    Minhaj Mahmud, Pushkar Maitra, Ananta Neelim

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has brought India’s societal divisions to Western media attention. Trust is central to economic interactions. It is thus crucial that India’s new government identify institutions and policies that promote trust and reduce societal divisions to better enable growth and development Religion has always been a controversial issue in the Indian subcontinent. South Asians are in perpetual argument about religion, faith and tolerance. There is a sizable segment of the population that identify themselves as being secular, and the...

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    The Bihar Story: Resurrection of the State

    Jitan Ram Manjhi

    In the not so distant past, the Indian state of Bihar was a byword for lawlessness, poverty, and absence of governance. Over the last decade or so, the state has demonstrated a remarkable turnaround and has consistently been amongst the fastest growing states in the country The popular perception is that Bihar’s underdevelopment is primarily due to poor governance since India’s independence. While one cannot deny that the quality of governance in Bihar till very recently has not been satisfactory, it would be a mistake to consider it as the only or main reason for Bihar’s...

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    Can workfare programmes moderate violence?

    Thiemo Fetzer

    It is common in developing countries for income shocks to trigger spurts of violence. Important findings suggest that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA) programme has had a moderating effect on the intensity and incidence of terrorist violence in India India has faced many internal security challenges since its independence. In recent years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Naxalism as the greatest threat to internal security. But this is not the only conflict that perturbs India’s development. Regular spurts of violence...