Poverty And Its Effect On Poverty

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Poverty is an inarguable inevitability that varies in definition and severity from country to country. Poverty can be caused by many factors- economic instability, lack of education, a natural disaster, or overpopulation. These factors become a normal situation and then a culture of poverty forms and is passed down from generation to generation making it nearly impossible for the cycle to end. A culture of poverty is especially evident in India. It is estimated that twenty one percent of the Indian population survives on one dollar and ninety cents a day. When assigning a statistic to the poverty in India, the percentage of people living in poverty is different with each source, varying from twenty all the way to fifty six percent of the 1.25 billion people living in India. Women, children and members of the lowest class (Dalits) may or may not be counted in India’s poverty statistic so to assign an accurate value to the percentage of the poor in India is almost impossible. India is considered to have the economic potential to be a leading power but this strength cannot make up for the economic disparities and a huge gap between the rich and poor. Overpopulation and the government’s inability to utilize programs to enable impoverished individuals to begin to provide for themselves and contribute to the nation’s economy prevents India from fully developing as a country. Overpopulation could be considered India’s fundamental challenge to becoming a fully developed nation.

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