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Thursday, June 10, 2010

India : Straight from cradle to grave

When I read this article, I found it very disturbing. India has the 2nd largest population in the world but every turn to you make in that country, you are bound to find a problem, let it be poverty, corruption, sickness - you name it, India's got it. When will this end?

In the mean time, please read the following from Hindustan Times :

" Eight-month-old Tulsa died of malnutrition-related diseases in December last year, barely eight months after her brother’s death. Tulsa’s brother, Shyam, a two-year-old boy, had died in April of diarrhoea and respiratory diseases caused by malnutrition.

Tulsa and Shyam were two of the seven children who died last year in the tribal village of Mathnee, 120 km north-east of district headquarters Khandwa (the town and the district share the same name), about 275 km south-west of Bhopal.

Subsistence farming

Vishram and his wife, parents of the two children referred to above, are barely able to make ends meet. Their one-acre (43,560 sq. ft) farm gives them a quintal (100 kg) or two of food grain (wheat, soyabean and gram) a year. They don’t have any irrigation facility; thus, the family, like the rest of the village, has to depend on the rains for survival."

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