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India's 13 most debt-ridden states

March 31, 2009

Here are a few startling facts:

  • The Indian state that has the highest per capita income has the second-highest debt burden.
  • The state that has the highest percentage of population under the poverty line has the lowest debt burden.
  • The difference in the infant mortality rate between the two states that hug the bottom of the debt list is one life. These two states also see one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country.
  • Two of the states in this list are ruled by the CPI (M) and three each by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

    And yes, the state groaning under the largest debt burden is also the state that sends the most number of prime ministers to Parliament. Read on. . .

    Source: Finance ministries of various Indian states.

    Image: Children dressed in the colours of the national flag rehearse in front of the Red Fort in New Delhi. | Photograph: Kamal Kishore/Reuters

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