Is India winning the battle against poverty? Going by the latest figures, yes.
The number of Indians living in extreme poverty has fallen from 37% to 22% in the past seven years, according to the latest official data from the Planning Commission.
The good news is that poverty in large swathes of dirt-poor northern India - states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh, which have been considered a drag on India's development - has fallen sharply.
Today there are more people living in extreme poverty in the economically prosperous western state of Gujarat (16.63%) than in the traditional northern laggard Rajasthan (14.71%). ...
... Despite the good tidings, India's war on poverty is far from over.
Remember, 270m Indians still live in extreme poverty. That is one in five Indians.