Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a poetic jibe at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after India slipped three notches to 100 among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), 2017. Gandhi took to Twitter and shared a few lines from a poem written by Dushyant Kumar, a famous Hindi poet. “If you are hungry, be patient! So what if you have no bread? Hunger is a hot topic, these days, Of debate in the Delhi Durbar! – Dushyant Kr,” Gandhi tweeted. This came in the wake of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its report saying that India hs slipped further. The report states that the country’s serious hunger level is driven by high child malnutrition and underlines need for stronger commitment to the social sector.
Last year, India stood at 97th position. “India is ranked 100th out of 119 countries, and has the third highest score in all of Asia — only Afghanistan and Pakistan are ranked worse,” IFPRI said in a statement. “At 31.4, India’s 2017 GHI score is at the high end of the ‘serious’ category, and is one of the main factors pushing South Asia to the category of worst performing region on the GHI this year, followed closely by Africa South of the Sahara,” it added.
The IFPRI ranking shows India trailing many of its neighbouring countries including China (29th rank), Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (88). However, it is still ahead of Pakistan and Afghanistan which are ranked 106 and 107 respectively. The GHI, from the past 12 years, ranks countries based on four key indicators — undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting and child stunting.
If you are hungry, be patient!
So what if you have no bread?
Hunger is a hot topic, these days
Of debate in the Delhi Durbar!
– Dushyant Kr
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 13, 2017
“India’s ranking on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) again this year brings to the fore the disturbing reality of the country’s stubbornly high proportions of malnourished children,” the IFPRI statement added further.