Why are inter-state differences in human development in India so high? What explains regional patterns where overall the southern region has some of the best human development outcomes in the country while the states in the northern ‘heartland’ have the worst? In addressing these important questions, this volume provides a detailed analysis of health outcomes in India, especially its effects on women. It offers insights into how multiple factors affecting human development, in particular health, play out differently in various socio-cultural and economic contexts.

This book will interest scholars and researchers of sociology, development studies, gender studies, economics, public policy as well as general readers.

chapter 2|18 pages

Not just economic conditions

chapter 3|24 pages

Women’s status is key

chapter 4|22 pages

Public provisioning matters

chapter 5|10 pages

Putting the puzzle together

chapter 8|37 pages

Delivering public services effectively

chapter 9|12 pages

Public action for public services

chapter 10|7 pages

Summing up and way forward