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The most recent Global Hunger Index has generated a lot of controversy. India's absolute score has increased somewhat, but despite this, it has dropped in the rankings because other countries, presumably, performed better on the index's criteria, which did not exactly favor India. The global rankings and indices have questionable "nutritional value" for formulating policy.
One basic anomaly is that they do not differentiate population sizes, as there’s just one country that matches the Indian population size. Also, most nations prioritize improving the rank and not the actual parameters on which the rank is based. Apart from these, a lot of premises on which the findings have been based are flawed.
The fact that India conducts its own National Family Health Survey is interesting. The percentage of children under the age of five who are stunted has decreased from the third survey result to the fourth. India has made significant progress in reducing under-5 mortality as well. Infant mortality has decreased by 4.5%, which is significantly less than most of the other countries in the region. A close examination of the Global Hunger Index reveals that India has performed well on two of the four criteria, which is 50%. Survey data collected over telephones has serious drawbacks. The economies that are wealthier will automatically fare far better. This is a drawback for a country like India. India has been aptly proud of its achievement in controlling the famine-related deaths due to COVID. And India has the right to be aggrieved at the score.