Welcome To Forum for Global Leadership of India
“Sharing technical knowledge and experience to Indian counterparts for accelerating sustainable development and providing guidance and support to key initiatives by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), entrepreneurs, and business leaders living outside of India.”
- India has the largest number of sick people in the world for any disease – both communicable and non-communicable.
- Age-standardized death rate, India ranked 155 out of 187 countries in 1990 and while the number of deaths fell by 2010 from 1,447.43 to 1,096.92 per 1 lakh of population, it still lagged behind its neighbours.
- Bangladesh and Kenya were better than India and that medical cost was the biggest reason for indebtedness in rural areas. 70-80 percent of the health expenses are borne by the people themselves.
Women’s and Children’s Health
- 12 million girls were aborted in the last three decades in India
- Child marriage has a domino effect since this also leads to lowered education levels and lower levels of awareness
- 45% Indian women are married before they turn 18. This results in early pregnancies, higher morbidity and mortality rates
- A mother dies every ten minutes in India
- Over 1.25 million children die annually in India
- 48% of all children have stunted growth due to malnutrition. Only 7% children in India receive the minimum acceptable diet set by the WHO. The other countries we share such a dubious honor with are sub-Saharan African countries and Pakistan.
- Villagers With No Access to Healthcare 50%
- Chronically Starved 37%
- Under 1 Babies Death Rate 10%
- Permanently Stunted Kids 50%
- No Access to Toilets 33%
- Defecates in Open 50%
- India has the highest population of illiterate adults, 287 million, 37% of the total population of such people across the world, according to UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring report.
- The Education For All–Global Monitoring Report finds that out of the total 759 million illiterate adults in the world, India still has the highest number.
- Over half of the world’s illiterate adults live in just four countries: Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan.
According to the Census of 2011, “every person above the age of 7 years who can read and write in any language is said to be literate”. According to this criterion, the 2011 survey holds the National Literacy Rate to be around 74.07%.
Total Illiterate Adults (in million)
Total Illiterate Adult Percentage
National Literacy Rate
6 to 14 Children with no primary school education (in million)
What is required by India today is:
- A strategic policy formulation
- Cohesive and efficient implementation
With right ingredients, we could grow 12 to 14% annually for 15 to 20 years instead of 7 to 8% as India has the youngest population in the world whereas Chinese population is graying and the younger population is shrinking.
India is many decades behind western democracies and to catch up with them, we need to have a sense of urgency.