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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

When rich doesn't mean modern

So more disturbing news about the declining child sex ratio (in the age group 0 to 6) in the country. Especially in northern India. The Indian Express carries a story on the front page.

The national average dropped to 927 girls per 1000 boys in 2001 from 945 per 1000 in 1991. And Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh had a child sex ratio of less than 800 girls for every 1000 boys.

The sad part is that all the worst states are among India's richest . The worst offenders are Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi, Himachal. Needless to add these are all states where the BJP or its allies are a force to be reckoned with.

What will be the economic consequences of the missing girl child? Edward take it from here...

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