Forty percent of the world’s malnourished children are in India. This is a startling figure for the world’s second fastest growing economy, according to Biraj Patnaik, principal advisor at the Office of the Commissioners of the Supreme Court.
It’s also an international embarrassment. India’s social sector statistics do not speak well of a nation that wants to sit on the high table, he says. For example, he sites that the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ranked India 66 out of 88 on their global hunger index, lagging behind countries like Rwanda, Pakistan, and Nepal.