Yes, this is a truly distressing state of affairs. I've also looked at several statistics from WHO, UNDP and other sources like the CIA World Factbook and have found that on many counts such as child nutrition, maternal health, infant mortality etc. India ranks as low as countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. It's hard for me to understand how a country that produces enough food for its people, produces several million new college graduates every year, and even has a vibrant space program, can do so poorly on so many fundamental indicators. UP is ideally placed to change this.
Quite remarkable. Even more remarkable is that 4 members of parliament in concert haven't been able to put a dent on the problem. Also interesting is the focus on empowering the woman of the household and the impact of women's self-help groups