“When Hunger Strikes” – May 3, 2012, The Hindu
It always amazes me to see the rich and wealthy believing it is easy to survive “adequately” on what is for them mere pocket coins not worth counting…
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Note: Rs. 25 is the equivalent of between $.45 and $.50, or about $180 a year.
The Economist has prepared a map of India which shows graphically and by statistics the economic and social condition of different Indian states by comparing them to countries in the world which have closely equivalent numbers. Remarkable and clearly shows that India, despite all the hype about its emergence as a developed super-power, has a long long way to go.
Another documented report showing that the barriers to advancement for the socially disadvantaged in India have not be surmounted, leaving many casualties and blocked dreams. How can this be overcome? How many generations will pass before this social-structural impediment to equality disappears?
If (roughly) the world population is 7,000,000,000, and the population of India is 1,200,000,000, then India is about 17% of the world’s total population. If Dalits, or those of the lowest, formerly untouchable castes, comprise about 15% of the total number of peoples in India, or 180,000,000 (sixth largest nation if independent!) then Indian Dalits are 2 1/2% of the world’s total population. Or one out of forty humans experiences life highly stigmatized, reviled and socially shamed just because of an accident of birth.