October 08, 2019

Opinion | China has pulled ahead of India on far more than the economy

In this article for Mint, Niranjan Rajadhyaksha discusses how China’s lead over India is much larger from the purview of social indicators. Excerpts:


"Let us start with the prevalence of stunting among children below five years. Around a third of Indian children were stunted in 2014; China faced the problem with the same intensity way back in 1990. Less than a tenth of Chinese children below five years fall prey to stunting today.


Consider births attended by skilled health workers. In 2016, 81.4% of births in India were in proper medical centres. This has been an impressive improvement. However, China was at 94% as long back as 1990. 


In Indian cities, 72.01% of the population had access to at least basic sanitation services in 2017. Compare this with the 77.49% of Chinese city dwellers with access to sanitation in 2000, or the 90.79% today.”


Read the full article here.

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