India, it seems, has an 'ideology of poverty' that is essential for governments and political parties alike
India has just witnessed a dramatic decrease in the number of poor. Data released by the Planning Commission last week showed that less than a quarter of Indians—21.9% to be precise—now live below the poverty line (BPL). The decline occurred in both rural and urban areas, but was far more spectacular in rural areas. In the seven years from 2004-05 to 2011-12, the number of poor living in rural areas fell by a whopping 109.8 million. Rural poverty decreased in the preceding 11 years—1993-94 to 2004-05—as well, but at a Hindu pace: 2.3 million people ceased to be poor.
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