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  Up one notch in Human Development Ind

When main media gloats over India’s shortcomings, the news that in UNDP’s Human Development Index [HDI] for year 2006, India has moved up by one notch is a cause for quiet satisfaction. Having said that, a current rank of 126 out of 177 is pretty dismal, but could it be that India has reversed the trend and begun a slow climb from here-on?

HDI looks beyond GDP figures and seeks to evaluate a country’s standing from the points of view of health, poverty and education.