ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Methodologically Deficient, Ignorant of Prior Research

Are Indian statistics on the extent of under-nutrition exaggerated and based on faulty yardsticks? Is there a case for moving away from the World Health Organisation standards? Can "genetics" really explain the low heights and weights among Indian children? Is it a puzzle and does it say something about the Indian estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa shows lower levels of under-nutrition than India though the former suffers from higher infant mortality? A set of six articles addresses these and many other questions in the light of the arguments presented in the paper "Does India Really Suffer from Worse Child Malnutrition Than Sub-Saharan Africa?" by Arvind Panagariya (EPW, 4 May 2013). The articles also critically comment on the methodology, analysis and findings of the paper.

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