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Kids from Low-income Families Suffer as Designated Play Spaces Remain Scarce and Streets Unsafe in India

Kids from Low-income Families Suffer as Designated Play Spaces Remain Scarce and Streets Unsafe in India
Play for children, as Jawaharlal Nehru saw it, was a vital unifying force when the new republic came into existence. Nehru believed that as children play, "(T)hey do not think of differences amongst themselves, difference of class or caste or color or status,'' he said. "They are wiser than their fathers or mothers."

But more than 70 years after independence, India fails to provide the bare minimum to its children. As surveys by the government show, 40 percent of schools do not have a playground. In states like Bihar and Odisha, this number can rise as high as 65 percent and 70 percent respectively.
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