With one of the fastest growing economies, India is now the one of the top five of the world’s largest economies, and is showing continuous improvement with a high life expectancy, literacy rate, and health conditions.
On the other hand, it still has a long way to go as shown in its ranking at 62nd among 133 countries in the Inclusive Development Index.
Among the country’s 1.2 billion inhabitants, the conditions for those living in poorer regions are comparable to those of some of the world’s poorest countries. The uptake of key practices, such as early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, and complete immunisation, are well below acceptable. 60 million children under five suffer from stunting, comprising 36% of the world’s total under five sufferers, which is mainly caused by undernutrition.
The incessant work of development organisations has led to a positive stance by the central government with the new National Nutrition Mission. It marks the state's acknowledgement of the need to take steps to tackle undernutrition in India.