Although India has staved off the specter of famine successfully in its bid over recent years to become a greater world power, it is still home to 40% of all the world's severely malnourished young children. Only Bangladesh and Nepal have higher percentages of underweight children than India, where nearly half (60 million) are malnourished. Experts warn that malnutrition -- which has never been treated as a serious concern for policy by India -- could threaten to undermine the economic boom that India is currently enjoying.

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