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India's poor state of human capital calls for urgent govt action

Educational reforms, creating a level socio-economic playing field and improvement in basic urban living conditions are imperative if India is to realise its full potential.

Poor education outcomes are the product of historic disparities that constrain mobility and are deeply rooted in culture. Rooting out toxic attitudes towards human equality - among both victims and the privileged - is fundamental to improving human capital.

THE World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released its second Human Capital Report. The first was released in 2013. The report argues that "talent, not capital, will be a key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century". By this measure, India's prospects are not...

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