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

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Myths and Realities of Child Nutrition

In his article Arvind Panagariya argues that (a) the prevailing narrative of child malnutrition being worse in India “than nearly all Sub-Saharan African countries with lower per capita incomes” is false, (b) that this notion is an “artefact of a faulty methodology”, and (c) that the nutrition situation and recent trends in India are not so bad anyway.

The apparent motivation for the paper was the author’s perception that malnutrition statistics were becoming increasingly wielded as a political weapon by critics of India’s economic policy reforms. He suggests that India’s “otherwise measured” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was misguided in stating that “the problem of malnutrition is a matter of national shame” in early 2011.

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