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Sex Ratio misconception. Kerala is as worse as Gujarat

As the run up to 2014 continues, there are people out there dismissing Narendra Modi ‘with facts’. One such parameter in the rankings widely circulated is sex ratio and would look like

Sex ratio Kerala 1 Gujarat 24

Anyone who just reads headlines, doesn’t go into detail will simply buy the argument. But lets look at Sex ratio data. First up is the data represented in way most people do. From Wikipedia article on Indian states and territories ranked by sex ratio

Sex ratio Kerala 1084 Gujarat 918 TamilNadu 995

What is wrong in it? It has an inherent bias to female. As per Fisher’s principle, the equillibrium sex ratio for any species is 1:1. So reordering the list with closeness to 1000 Kerala ranks 25, while Gujarat ranks 23. Tamil Nadu ranks 1.

So next time someone gets sex ratio argument, tell them Kerala is as worse as Gujarat (slightly more worse in absolute numbers).

Skewed interpretation of data leads to screwed policies. If there is any state in India which badly needs to have a Ministry for men welfare and development, it is Kerala going by feminists logic.

No one denies female foeticide / infanticide are evils which needs to be eradicated. But just because the sex ratio isn’t perfectly 1:1 doesn’t mean the society is regressive and women need more/special privileges to increase the number to make the society perfectly Fisherian. Fact is nothing can change what nature wishes. 1000:900 / 1000:1100 is perfectly okay sex ratio to have and it will automatically balance itself if not for infanticide. In India 1000:900 will work best until older men marry younger women as they will be borrowing females from future. If the ratio reverses, women will have to marry younger men or marry outside the region. Will a Congress PM / anyone other than Narendra Modi as PM automagically change the sex ratio? Have they done it in the past? Then why is it even a factor?

Tables of sex ratio in both sort order.

Ranking State Sex ratio
1 Kerala 1084
2 Puducherry 1031
3 Tamil Nadu 995
4 Andhra Pradesh 992
5 Chattisgarh 991
6 Manipur 987
7 Meghalaya 986
8 Odisha 978
9 Mizoram 975
10 Himachal Pradesh 974
11 Karnataka 968
12 Goa 968
13 Uttarakhand 963
14 Tripura 961
15 Assam 954
16 Lakshadweep 946
17 Jharkhand 947
18 West Bengal 947
19 Maharashtra 946
** INDIA 940
20 Nagaland 931
21 Madhya Pradesh 930
22 Rajasthan 926
23 Arunachal Pradesh 920
24 Gujarat 918
25 Bihar 916
26 Uttar Pradesh 908
27 Punjab 893
28 Sikkim 889
29 Jammu & Kashmir 883
30 Andaman & Nicobar Islands 878
31 Haryana 877
32 Delhi 866
33 Chandigarh 818
34 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 775
35 Daman & Diu 618

Reordering with closeness to 1000.

Ranking State Sex Ratio Distance from Perfection Absolute distance
1 Tamil Nadu 995 -5 5
2 Andhra Pradesh 992 -8 8
3 Chattisgarh 991 -9 9
4 Manipur 987 -13 13
5 Meghalaya 986 -14 14
6 Odisha 978 -22 22
7 Mizoram 975 -25 25
8 Himachal Pradesh 974 -26 26
9 Puducherry 1031 31 31
10 Karnataka 968 -32 32
11 Goa 968 -32 32
12 Uttarakhand 963 -37 37
13 Tripura 961 -39 39
14 Assam 954 -46 46
15 Jharkhand 947 -53 53
16 West Bengal 947 -53 53
17 Lakshadweep 946 -54 54
18 Maharashtra 946 -54 54
** INDIA 940 -60 60
19 Nagaland 931 -69 69
20 Madhya Pradesh 930 -70 70
21 Rajasthan 926 -74 74
22 Arunachal Pradesh 920 -80 80
23 Gujarat 918 -82 82
24 Bihar 916 -84 84
25 Kerala 1084 84 84
26 Uttar Pradesh 908 -92 92
27 Punjab 893 -107 107
28 Sikkim 889 -111 111
29 Jammu & Kashmir 883 -117 117
30 Andaman & Nicobar Islands 878 -122 122
31 Haryana 877 -123 123
32 Delhi 866 -134 134
33 Chandigarh 818 -182 182
34 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 775 -225 225
35 Daman & Diu 618 -382 382
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