in deep existential crisis..

A Journal by Sara

India – Take a deep breath


The merry days were gone. According to our registers, we have witnessed boom, prosperity and light, and now paralyzed to observe in this economic downturn, how we would keep the wheels moving as in the start of this millennia and get the mirth back on our faces.

But, there are also people, who are looking for some light and prosperity among this same crowd, which had never been witnessed or heard of. But, they are born with us; live among us and perish before us.

Malnutrition has always been our academic topic and rightfully left behind with old school days. As politicians turn blind eye to the global hard hitting problem, searching records to prove that we actually are not worse, reality amass all dust and hits across our face.

Somini Sengupta expresses that comparing the stats across the most populous states, China has sharply reduced child malnutrition, and now just 7 percent of its children under 5 are underweight, a critical gauge of malnutrition. In India, by contrast, despite robust growth and good government intentions, the comparable number is 42.5 percent. She further argues that the results showed points to the efficiency of an authoritarian state like China. India’s sluggish and sometimes corrupt bureaucracy has only haltingly put in place relatively simple solutions — iodizing salt, for instance, or making sure all children are immunized against preventable diseases — to say nothing of its progress on the harder tasks, like changing what and how parents feed their children.

The 2007 research paper puts that, Childhood anemia, a barometer of poor nutrition in a lactating mother’s breast milk, is three times higher in India than in China. 


A World Food Program report last month noted that India remained home to more than a fourth of the world’s hungry, 230 million people in all. It also found anemia to be on the rise among rural women of childbearing age in eight states across India. Indian women are often the last to eat in their homes and often unlikely to eat well or rest during pregnancy. Ms. Menon’s institute, based in Washington, recently ranked India below two dozen sub-Saharan countries on its Global Hunger Index.






March 13, 2009 - Posted by | Health, India, Infra Structure, Issues, Living, Regional

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