Today, the fascist philosophy of the RSS-BJP poses the greatest challenge to India and its people. Fascism knows how to deceive the people by hiding its true face. The history of fascism is full of false promises they made to the people in order to seize political power. Once they got it, all the promises were thrown to the winds.
“Sab ka vikas” was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s watchword on his journey to political power. But hunger and poverty, the tears and sorrows of the poor are not taken into account at all in its governance. Pandemic days have revealed the bitter reality hidden in the “Sab ka vikas” program. The hunger and grief that have engulfed the India of the poor is beyond imagination.
Even before the pandemic, malnutrition and infant mortality haunted the country. According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report, believed to be the most authentic assessment of hunger and food insecurity in the world, food insecurity has increased by 3.8% in India between 2014 and 2019. By 2019, 6.2 crore more people were food insecure than in 2014. The number of food insecure people increased from 42, 65 crore in 2014-16 to 48.86 crore in 2017-19.
In addition, India accounted for 22% of the global food insecurity burden, the highest of any country in 2017-19, said The Hindu as of August 24, 2020.
According to the 2015-2016 National Family Health Survey (NFHS) report, 50.4% of pregnant women were anemic, 8.8 lakh children under the age of five died in 2018 in our country ( State of the World’s Children Report 2019, UNICEF). This report pointed out that malnutrition is the cause of 69% of deaths of children under five.
The Global Hunger Index 2021 speaks of an India which lowered its position to 101 out of 116 countries, compared to its 94th position in 2020. We are placed lower than Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The pandemic has only made the situation worse. This made life more miserable for the less privileged.