India no match for China on social indicators: Nobel laureate

PUNE, Jan 9 Asia Pulse – India is no match for neighbouring China when it comes to social development indicators, eminent economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said. “There is a huge gap there (on social front) as China is one of the best performers in terms of social indicators,” Sen said while speaking at the Indian Economic Association convention here.

Making an assessment of the Indian economy and the benefits that have percolated down the social sector, he said, “India’s disadvantage can be seen even in comparison with countries that are doing far less well than China, but still a lot better than India.”

While India has been overtaking other countries in the progress of its real income, it has been lagging behind others in terms of basic social indicators of quality of life, he said.

In fact, India is being overtaken in these respects by many other countries even within the region of South Asian itself, he added.

He said India’s average ranking among six South Asian economies (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan) has “fallen from being the second best to being second worst and this is so despite the fact that India has gro