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Poverty, policy row extends to Harvard and Columbia

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By Manoj Kumar and Rajesh Kumar SinghNEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian government figures showing that poverty has been cut by a third since 2004 has set off a row between the country's main political parties on whether the data is accurate, and a slanging match between two of the world's best-known economists on the implications for policy.The debate boils down to what path India should take in coming years as slower growth puts further poverty reduction at risk in the world's second-most populous nation.The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backs growth-oriented reforms that would include ...

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First Published: Sat, August 03 2013. 09:36 IST