This report on the conditions and status of the very young children in the 0-6 age group in India has been prepared in the context of the periodic review process of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The report itself has evolved through a process of consultations and dialogue among different kinds of practitioners concerned with child care and development in India. Our focus is on the very young child as we believe that this most crucial and formative stage in a child’s development needs special and specialised attention. As a citizens’ review, it has adopted a critical perspective which is a useful tool and method of arriving at a true picture of the status of the young child in India, of developing and enhancing an understanding of the issues involved, and of generating public demand without which the rights enunciated in both the Indian Constitution and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) cannot achieve their full potential. The perspective takes a holistic view that the condition, status and destiny of young children is constantly affected by and indeed closely interconnected with the overall social, economic, political and cultural developments in the country; even as they have special needs but voiceless and mediated rights to care, to health, to educational and cultural development, and to freedom from discrimination, all of which cannot be subsumed or assumed to be provided for within the general or natural social order of things.
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