Once a leader, now a laggard
That was Uttar Pradesh, the pride of India. The luster of yesteryears has dimmed. The state has lost its vitality, confidence and energy. It has lost out its leading positions among states; literacy rates is one of the lowest, infant mortality rate is highest, industry has lagged behind and per capita income is one of the lowest. Prime industrial cities like Kanpur have lost their glory. The state has become a drag on national exchequer; it takes more from the center than it gives. Uttar Pradesh has become Pichda Pradesh.