Three children – Mansi 8, Shika 4 and Parul 2 years of age – starved to death in New Delhi, India, this past July. No food for 9 days literally killed the three siblings.
Even for a nation like India this is outrageous – the news reported on this awful shocking incident – watch here.
It is unbelievable how the high-income world trifles with food.
Is it not crazy how we, as Westerners often just ignore the fact that kids in other parts of the world starve to death while we just decide to throw away our food because it is left over or we just let it mold.
Although hunger in India has been dropping temperately for the last 28 years, the majority of its inhabitants live in poverty. Looking at a population of approximately 1,339.2 million (UNFPA, 2018), approximately 921,369 people have less than $2 per day to live and 401,760 people are even forced to manage with only $1.25 per day. Only these are yet considered extremely poor – how can this be tolerated? Does that not speak against humanity?
These 30% of all of the Indian people living with only $1.25 daily are falling below the international poverty line. Is it not crazy thinking that in India not living in poverty is considered a human right that should be available for every Indian citizen, however for the last 70 years, India has been far away from being able to provide every individual with this basic right. Considering this, it is very much contradictory that the two main reasons why poverty in India exists in the first place are the financial exploitation of the weaker class by the richer and the lack of properly existing governmental policies. If it is not yet clear to you how there is a connection –
Hunger is the main consequence resulting from poverty.
Now, do you also not think it is controversial that, although the globalization is always portrayed with highly positive effects and influences, the reason for such an extensive boost in India’s inequality of the rich and poor is exactly that. Since the 1980s, when India started adopting the globalization, the considerable income inequality increase took off.
Is it not also a contradiction in itself that although India is such a poor and undernourished nation with the largest amount of people in the world suffering from hunger, that at the same time it is a major economic power working towards becoming a global one. Can you imagine India having one of the 10 leading economies in the world? – Comparable to France and the UK which are just closely above according to the World GDP Ranking 2018 published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF, April 2018). Over the last couple of decades, the economic growth rates in India were very impressive and this is not the end. It has been predicted by various analysts that India’s economy will rapidly continue growing.
In 2012, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh publicly spoke about this dilemma of malnutrition throughout the nation. “[T]he problem of malnutrition is a matter of national shame” (Manmohan Singh, 2012), was a sentence that stuck in people’s heads but sadly still did not lead to a successful process of remarkably improving, much less, solving this major issue.
To be ranked 100th out of 119 nations in total on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) of 2017 , India cannot even compete, not to mention, ace out its’ neighbors. It might be new to you, but its’ neighboring nations such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka are actually even poorer than India. However, all are still ranked lower on the GHI than rank 100 – Bangladesh is on 88, Sri Lanka is on rank 84, Myanmar ranks 77th and Nepal makes rank 72.
It is dreadful enough that India comes off this badly when it comes to poverty in general but referring back to the first few sentences, it is disastrous to see children suffering from this as far as starving to death.
Can you imagine that more than 1,5 million children, aged under 5 years, die every year throughout the whole nation – this would be the whole population of the city of Munich in the south of Germany (world population review, 2018). Over 1,5 million children per year means more than 4,500 daily child deaths in India.
This amount of child death is a logical, though tremendous, consequence when considering that 1 in 4 Indian children is malnourished. Through India’s suffering from a very high burden of malnutrition for children, 38.4% are stunted*, 21% wasted** and another 35.7% are underweight. And this only concerns Indian children under the age of 5 years.
Looking at the even younger ones, children under the age of 3 years, every 2nd child is underfed.
According to UNICEF, “1/3 of the world’s malnourished children live in India” (2017).
In India, 3,000 children die per day because they suffer from poor diet related illnesses.
Further, it has been asserted that nearly half of the children under the age of 5 years of age die because of malnutrition.
Therefore, it is no wonder that in India, children die because of hunger every year – can you imagine a number of 300,000 children starving to death yearly?
Maybe you have heard of the United Nations Development Program already which is engaged in working on and achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. It is remarkable that SDG 1 & 2 concern exactly the topic I have been writing about in this blog post.
I, myself, at this stage in time cannot believe yet that within the next 22 years both of these SDGs, not to mention all the other 15 as well, can be achieved. This probably shocking attitude, in no way means that I am not desperately hoping and wishing for them to be fulfilled, but rather that from my own experience at the United Nations, within the last 2 years only 1 SDG could be solved.
Especially when looking at India and its development in terms of poverty and hunger in the last decades, the turn towards improvement has started however is going forward very slowly.
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*less height for their age
**less weight for their height
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