In May this year India sent a humanitarian aid package to Sri Lanka, our neighbour. Sri Lanka is battling bankruptcy and as a concerned neighbour who didnt want anyone to go hungry we sent over over Rice, milk powder, medicines etc. The aid continues. We also have given them economic support even as China has crippled them with massive loans.
Earlier in the year, Afghanistan got wheat from India besides other aid.
All through the pandemic, India provided food aid (wheat, rice, lentils) to several countries around the world including Afghanistan, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Zambia, Zimbabwe and others.
Not to forget, we delivered the world’s largest ever food support system to cover 80 crore vulnerable people through our Public Distribution System and ensured no one went hungry for two full years. And the program is extended till Dec 2022.
For a so called “poor” and developing country, ensuring her 1.4 billion people didn’t go hungry during the pandemic is not a small achievement. All thanks to the amazing leadership of PM Modi. I shudder to think of any other person as our PM during this crisis …. remember the Kedarnath cloud burst and the relief supplies waiting for days, just to have Pappu take a picture with them 🤬🤬.
Global Hunger Index
I am loving the meltdown across the world as India surges ahead with strong fundamentals, both economically and politically. The resurgence of Hinduism is also worrying a lot of countries that use religion to keep controlling the world. Its evident in the articles that rags like NYT and WaPo publish. Also the deep fault lines in developed countries like the US, UK, Germany etc have been exposed during the pandemic. India has handled the crisis with maturity and compassion.
Note – am not belittling the suffering that the ordinary citizen faced. We are one humanity, and what affects one part of the world affects all of us.
With this backdrop, it was fascinating to see India ranked at 107 on the Global Hunger Index and below Pakistan (99), Sri Lanka(64), Bangladesh (84), and Nepal (81) !!! It seems to be the work of hungry propagandists and nothing to do with really hungry people.
Its when such reports are put out that we feel there are concerted efforts by world agencies to downplay India and her achievements…..
Does India still have people who are hungry ? The answer is yes, but it definitely is not such an alarming situation as the GHI makes it out to be.