India in a predicament
The nation’s conscience must wake up to poverty, hunger, and health.
Whether or not the death of an 11-year child because of hunger in Simdega district in Jharkhand has shaken the conscience of those at the helm of affairs is anybody's guess, but it has definitely reconfirmed the gravity of the situation of hunger in the country. That India has been pushed to the 100th rank in the Global Hunger Index 2017 released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is a cause of grave concern for our country. Our ranking is as low as Rwanda, a country which has been war-stricken for several years leading to over a million deaths as a result of civil strife. We rank even below many of our neighbouring countries such as China at 29th rank, Nepal ranked at 72, Myanmar at 77, Sri Lank at 84, and Bangladesh at 88. According to IFPRI, India has "consistently fallen into the upper half of the serious hunger levels" category in the past few years. This situation needs urgent review because nutrition is directly related to the health status.