For a country that aims to be a regional power, the data on child nutrition confirms that the situation is abysmal. Save for Bihar, six of the seven states with the highest incidence of stunting, for example, are ruled by the BJP or the BJP and its allies – Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bihar.
Between 2002 and 2006, the proportion of wasting in children in Andhra fell from 19% to 18%.
Self-Help Groups linked to government schemes see Oraon women running farms, working as contractors, driving autorickshaws in impoverished Surguja
As the government struggles to incorporate nutritional aspects in the proposed right to food legislation.