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Mortality and Longevity in India, 1901-1961

Kumudini Dandekar
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 7, No. 18 (Apr. 29, 1972), pp. 889-892
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4361308
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Abstract

A long-term view of the Indian census life-tables during 1901-1961 indicates: (a) The health status of the females has been deteriorating vis-a-vis the males. (b) Mortality for age group 0-4 is less than what is observable elsewhere for the same longevity. (c) Mortality of age group 0-4 is also relatively less subject to improvement. (d) Impact of good or bad times in India was seen on the age group 10-29 years. (e) The pattern of improvement during 1951-61 shakes the earlier pattern of mortality to conform slightly with what one sees elsewhere in the age group 10-29. One can either accept the above or revise the life-tables on certain plausible hypotheses.

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