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Contemporary India by Praveen Priyadarshi, Neera Chandhoke

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Regional Disparities, Poverty and Food Insecurity

Satyajit Puhan

What is the face of contemporary India? Is it that of the bright and shining India with its rapidly growing economy, great advancement in science and technology, an ever-expanding and upwardly mobile middle class, the sprawling city and the malls? Or, is it that of an India marked by poverty and insecurity, with millions untouched by the benefits of economic growth, without access to education and healthcare, deprived of basic needs and struggling to survive? Or may be beyond this rhetoric of poverty or progress, these sharply contrasting images do not cancel each other but coexist in the face of contemporary India.

As dealt in previous chapters, since the beginning of the 1990s, ...

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