Bihar in Dutch
And, to be fair, Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, a poor state that previously was a byword for corruption and incompetence, has shown what can be done by beginning a serious transformation of his state in just five years.
But the majority of children in Kerala and Tamil Nadu are already in school, while in Bihar they are not.
Four large northern States - Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, which account for over 40 per cent of the country's population - are host to 16 per cent of all approved centres under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.
In the 1990s, this ratio increased considerably in Rajasthan, Orissa and also in Bihar but declined significantly in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal.
Similarly, the IMF is not expected to help India - whose per capita GDP is less than a tenth of eurozone levels - to finance the poverty-stricken states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The Director Generals of Police of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal have been instructed to extend help and co-operation to the concerned NGOs to help prevention of trafficking of women and children across the border.
The States with proportion of women marginal workers higher than main workers are Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkand, Orissa and West Bengal.
The ratio increased steeply from 47 to 83 students in Bihar, followed by Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Chattisgarh indicating that in these States the appointment of teachers has not kept pace with the increased enrolment of students in schools.
"I have been dividing one small piece of bread among four of my children, and I have been starving and yet somehow surviving," said one sobbing mother to a local television reporter in Bihar.
A family on a makeshift raft made from banana tree trunks in the Indian State of Bihar.
a state of northeastern India: Republic of India, Bharat, India