ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Literacy Achievement in India

The progress in literacy among the Indian states is evaluated here from an age cohort perspective. The primary observation relates to literacy deprivation being different across the age cohorts. Interstate comparison reveals that lower levels of aggregate literacy for a state do not mean lower levels of literacy for all age cohorts. Group disparity in literacy is highest among the oldest age cohort and lowest for the youngest age cohort. With an appreciation of the concept of proximate literacy, the literacy pattern is verified in a household perspective. The observations would be helpful to guide policymakers in targeting households for adult literacy programmes.

Reflections on Wealth Quintile Distribution and Health Outcomes

This study focuses on the method the National Family Health Survey-3 adopts to compute national wealth quintiles using the wealth index score of households as a basis. It argues that the survey's national wealth quintile classification does not account for interstate variations in wealth possession as well as rural-urban differences within states, which could lead to biased outcomes when applied to health indicators. It suggests that working out state-specific wealth quintiles that allow for the differentials would be more appropriate.

Towards a Hunger Free India

Towards Hunger Free India: From Vision to Action by M S Swaminathan and Pedro Medrano; East West Books, Madras, 2004; pp xlvii + 592, Rs 600. UDAYA S MISHRA, MOTKURI VENKATANARAYANA While one part of the world is engaged in the individual
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