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It's no secret that India has miserably failed to leverage rapid economic growth for social development.
That a vast population still lives in abject poverty without a robust welfare net is a sad reflection on the priorities of the world's fourth largest economy.
The UN Human Development Report 2015, released on 14 December, only serves to underline the gravity of the situation. It ranks India 130th out of 188 nations. The list is topped by Norway, Australia and Switzerland.
India fares worse than even conflict-ridden Iraq and crime-plagued El Salvador.
Here are some other depressing revelations from the report.
Indeed, as the UN report points out, India could provide "a basic and modest set of social security guarantees for all citizens with universal pension, basic healthcare, child benefits and employment schemes" for just 4% of its GDP. That's not a hard ask.
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