Sonia and Co have added 55 million more people to the Below Poverty Line stats; Please add that to list of big achievements in last 5 years of UPA's awesome rule.
The number of people living below the poverty line has actually increased by a horrifying 20 per cent. India had some 270 million people below the poverty line in 2004-5, when the present Government took office. That number has gone up by 55 million, or 20 per cent, after five years of policies named after the ‘aam admi’ (common man) but shaped for the ‘khaas admi’ (vested interests).
So much for the aam admi. But then, don't worry. We do *NOT* want to have NDA at center, come what may. So..fair enough. Let's make do with the Prince Charming this time around. We'll at least get to see his Columbian girl friend make the western media happy. (The much obliged nation already pays for her security and upkeep)
And then what's a few 100 million more poor (give and take) in a population of 1.2 billion.
Footnote: MJ Akbar is an ex-Congressman btw. Love his columns. He is India's Friedman.