Saturday, January 21, 2012


Constitution of Inidia starts by saying “We the people of India”

Democracy is of the people, for the people, and by the people.

If the above two considerations are true then every Indian must be and has to be equal.

Without touching on other issues relating to equality or otherwise, some of the facts as quoted by various sections of media and reports appearing, Indians are far from equal when it comes to hunger.

India State hunger index (ISHI) published by International Food policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been released... According to the report, India’s Global Hunger Index (GHI) score is 23.7, which is 65th out of 84 countries. It ranks slightly above Bangladesh and below all other South Asian nations. Nigeria, Kenya, Cambodia, Rwanda, Pakistan etc have performed better and are placed better than India.

Report from ISHI is an eye opener, but, Govt has chosen not to comment on it, lest it is questioned for its actions.

More than 2000 children have died of hunger in Karnataka's Raichur district over the last 3 years. The government admits that around 4500 children are malnourished in Raichur. —express buzz 21Oct 11.

National Crime Records Bureau started recording farm suicide data — to 2, 56,913, the worst-ever recorded wave of suicides of this kind in human history.

With 21% of its population undernourished, nearly 44% of under-5 children underweight and 7% of them dying before they reach five years, India is firmly established among the world's most hunger-ridden countries. Today India has 213 million hungry and malnourished people by GHI estimates although the UN agency FAO puts the figure at around 230 million...TOI

The situation has been so alarming that the highest court in India had to intervene to instruct the Govt to distribute rotting food to the hungry.

Millions of tonnes of food grain rot on street and across railway tracks, but, in 64 yrs Govt hasn’t built enough storage space.

India has produced a record breaking volume-amongst highest in the world-still Indians go hungry.
You-me-us-we go to sleep hungry just because lack of political will.

You-me-us-we go to sleep hungry just because of stinking corruption at policy making stage. 

We 121 crore have accepted the present situation in its totality. 

Planning commission plans on basis of Rs 32/day formula whereas hunger deaths are on rise. 

We are equally to blamed as much as the Govt.


posted 21/01/12

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Insignia said...

So its obvious. Its not really "for the people". I was shocked to read Bangladesh has better living standards then us

What are we upto?

Happy Kitten said...

nd if I remember, most Indians wanted FDI in retail and continues to be disappointed along with the Govt... Many foolishly think that the foreign firms shall bring in the necessary infrastructure to store our food and also to transport.. all in the name of the poor!

What was the govt. doing all these years?

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

While I would want every Indian to have access to good, healthy food, especially the children, I feel concerned about the implications for the proposed, much proclaimed Food Security Bill. According to analysts, it will do more harm for Indians. India will need to spend about Rs 1 lakh crore (roughly 20 billion dollars) to get started with this scheme. Five years down the lane, we know how inflation will soar further. We need a system whereby the poor are gradually weaned away from the menace of subsidized food because otherwise the honest tax payer ends up being looted by the system. There will be public anger towards the poor than a genuine interest to see their welfare. Also how much of the benefits will finally reach the poor is another concern because of rampant manipulation of middlemen.

R. Ramesh said...

bkc also shocked like my friend insignia..hope and pray things will improve..i have a strange feeling that nature takes care of everything..including people's attitudes..i may be wrong..

aativas said...

And just see how much food is thrown away by educated people ....we are as responsible as the politicians!