» 10/16/2007, 00.00
Development not stopping hunger, more than 400 million Indians malnourished
The International Food Policy Research Institute shows that 40 per cent of the world’s underweight children under five live in India. Add disadvantaged groups like the poor and women who have a hard time feeding themselves and you get 400 million people. Priests and activists point the finger at corruption and bad governance.
Economic boom should not be on the backs of the poorest of the poor
In an interview with AsiaNews the executive secretary of the National Commission for Justice, Peace and Development explains how India’s economic boom is often taking place on the backs of the poor, who often lose the little they have to the benefit of big corporations. The Church fights for their rights. Gandhi’s example is remembered.
Every day hunger kills 6,000 children in India
The Catholic Church launches a new campaign against malnutrition in the country. “Freedom from Hunger” is intended to draw people’s attention to the large segment of India’s population that does not have access to enough food.
Education and learning against child exploitation, says Lenin Raghuvanshi
On World Day against Child Labour, the Indian activist calls for better schooling for everyone as the only solution to the problem. Some 55 million children live in slave-like conditions, especially among the lowest castes of society.
Islamabad signs three UN human rights conventions
According to the National Commission for Justice and Peace this is a good first step that must be followed up with a real policy in favour of human rights, one that fights discrimination and upholds the constitution.
A ‘bread and circuses’ budget
The executive secretary of the National Commission for Justice, Peace and Development criticises the 2008-2009 Budget for being too populist. Spending estimates only offer short-term solutions in view of next year’s elections, but leave hundreds of millions of people, the poor and rural communities, destitute.
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