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Hunger in India

July 21, 2010

Chowk estimates that 700 people lose their lives to hunger each day in India.

Compared to larger and more “publicized” reasons of death in India (for example, terrorism or disease),  hunger is a very real problem that seems to have taken a backseat. It’s also a very real problem  that could be easily aided and remedied by some assistance from other people (including  wealthy South Asians). In fact, the Chowk article highlights that even with the growing amount of Indian billionaires and wealthy groups, there gap between the poor and the rich is growing larger and larger.

As I’ve been trying to highlight in my postings on this blog, it’s not unique to South Asian cultures to see such a large disparity like that, but that is hardly justification. World hunger is a very large problem now and will continue to be an even larger problem in the future.

There are many South Asian non-profit organizations whose main focus is to help alleviate hunger and poverty in South Asia. The Akashaya Patra Organization uses donations to encourage children’s education and literacy along with providing them with a meal.

As I learned in my forthcoming interview with Mallika Dutt, South Asians seem to be very interested in promoting causes of literacy and children’s education, but not as concerned with other types of philanthropic activities such as immigration or human rights. Similarly, you may recall that I had blogged about The Hunger Project previously, which focuses on teaching and educating communities about growing and providing their own food for their community.

As a person who can barely stand to be hungry for more than an hour, I can’t really imagine what it would be like to be almost perpetually hungry — especially when I look at the waste that either goes in my disposal bin because of rotted leftovers or just poorly obtained produce from the grocery stores.  Think about it. A meal for a day might be just that one extra day that makes things happen.

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