Millenium Development Goals and India

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  Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
      Achieve universal primary education
      Promote gender equality and empower women
      Reduce child mortality
      Improve maternal health
      C_ombat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases_
      Ensure environmental sustainability
      Develop a global partnership for development
India is home to more than a billion people, accounting for nearly a sixth of the world's population. Any progress made by India in reaching the Millennium Development Goals will take a large part of humanity closer to reaching them. India has made some progress in covering the distance, more in some areas than in others. A lot more, however, remains to be done.
The essay tries to answer the concern “_Whether India shall be able to achieve MDGs by 2015 and how_.”
The status of India in three such goals has been discussed, with case studies of Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. In addition, the project level case study for the MDP of women’
Literacy rates have been rising over time in India. For the country as a whole, literacy rates increased from 52% in 1991 to 66% in 2001. Improvements were made in both male and female literacy rates. In the ranking of states by education, Bihar continues to occupy the lowest rank in terms of both male and female and literacy rates while Kerala retains its position at the top. Studies based on earlier data do find that where overall literacy rates are higher, in these regions literacy rates among the poor, females and caste groups also tend to be higher and disparities lower. For example, based on NCAER data, Shariff_ and Sudarshan (1996)_ show that in Rajasthan the overall literacy rates for males and females were 60% and 19% respectively whereas literacy rates were 39% and 7% for males and females for Scheduled Tribes and 52% and 9%...