What on earth is SCs and STs?
India's population below the poverty line has never been that high, I don't know what your smoking but your statistics are completely wrong.
In 1973 India had about 55% below the poverty line. By 1994, this went down to 36%, a decrease of 19% in 20 years - pretty impressive.
Now, India's poverty around the year 2000 was 26.1%.
Here is the statistics: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ce/BPL_Data_GOI.png
Note, the international poverty line is US $1.25 per day. According to World Bank, this poverty line is US $5 per day and hence the 2005 World Bank estimate put India's poverty at 41%, but still no where near the imaginary 77% you came up with...
Furthermore, according to a new UN Millennium Development Goals Report, as many as 320 million people in India and China are expected to come out of extreme poverty in the next four years, while India's poverty rate is projected to drop to 22% in 2015. The report also indicates that in Southern Asia, however, only India, where the poverty rate is projected to fall from 51% in 1990 to about 22% in 2015, is on track to cut poverty in half by the 2015 target date (see here: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-08/developmental-issues/29751472_1_extreme-poverty-india-and-china-report)
India is doing great because India is economically performing a lot better.
According to leading economists (Citibank), India will be largest economy in the world by 2050, if not the 2nd largest.
I think you should give credit where it's due. India is working very hard, the same way the United States worked hard in the early 20th century to become the world's leading economy. The number of people in India below the poverty line you claim is WAY exaggerated. 750 million people don't have toilets? Substantiate that fact, as I do not believe it for one second. Most of India's population lives in villages and may not have 'Western' style toilets, but certainly have some type of recognizable sanitation.
Grow up and quite frankly, stop being disillusioned
- I looked up your reports from NCEUS which state 77% of the population live under the poverty line, this was conducted by Arjun Sengupta.
- However, the calculations were NOT in accordance with UN guidelines or Citibank/World Factbook guidelines and HENCE, the offical poverty % right now is 37%, not 77%
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