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A worrisome disconnect

The so-called VVIP constituencies perform poorly on social and health indicators
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First Published: Thu, Sep 06 2012. 05 45 PM IST
A file photo of villagers in India. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
A file photo of villagers in India. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
Updated: Fri, Sep 07 2012. 02 59 PM IST
At a time when Parliament has been stalled, preventing it from conducting any worthwhile business and initiating much-needed policy changes, the country’s social and health indicators continue to be a cause for concern. Interestingly, the population residing in so-called VVIP constituencies are sometimes worse off—not just when compared with the national average but also in relation to the world’s least developed nations.
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Recent health surveys reveal that a child under the age of five years has a better chance of surviving in sub-Saharan Africa, with Botswana, Burundi or Swaziland faring better than Gandhinagar, Gujarat, a constituency that has been voting L.K. Advani back to power for five consecutive terms.
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First Published: Thu, Sep 06 2012. 05 45 PM IST
More Topics: Advani | Gandhinagar | Africa | VIP | constituencies |
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