Amidst the Dilemma♣
Hope you’re doing good and living well. So, today I write to you with a very deep and concerning thought in my mind which has been instilled since few days back when I saw few people on the construction site of a building. The scenario was a little different than usual, those were the ones who were sitting there in order to get some work for the day so that they could earn some bread for their family and themselves. The sad and astounded part was that it was already 2 ‘o clock in the afternoon and they were sitting there with an empty stomach.
This scenario and many others like these which I see everyday around me in my society made me question myself that: are we a free country with freedom? are we a nation with equivalence? are we a nation which assures its citizens with the basic human & fundamental rights?
While I was searching for the answer inside, I recalled a statement by Nelson Mandela that “freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs.” This made me realise about the dire condition in which we as a nation and a citizen of this world have failed as a human terribly. To bring you some more crystal clear result, the statistics tell us that almost 60% of hungry in the world are women, with almost every 4th child out of the 10 children in the world is a malnourished child.
Tell me, how do you feel about these facts?
Do you really think that we are growing well?
Surgical strikes, wars, banning of people, terrorism, diplomacy, in-state battles, and petty issues have taken so much toll on us that we’ve almost forgotten about the situations of the ones because of whom we “people like us” are well fed and have the energy to wander and contribute in making this world a not so better place to live in.
Be honest,tell me how many times have you ever given a thought about farmers?
Yes, the ones who have been working hard in toiling their lands for our hungry stomachs that they themselves are now hungry. Amongst many other regions in India, Bundelkhand and Maharashtra are already in a state of ‘DRY-EARTH’ and what we as a citizen have done till now? nothing is the answer that echoes…
Do you know that we can actually kerb this situation of extreme hunger?
Yes, it’s possible!
You see, every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food. It can only be realised when each one of us has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food. The world produces exactly a healthy and fair amount of food to feed each of its citizen.
According to the stats “Every year 1/3 of the food produced in the world for the consumption in the world out of which 1.3 billion tons is either lost or wasted” what we as a world citizen need to do is to become a little aware, careful, and responsible. Every year on this day, 16th of October we celebrate #WorldFoodDay! where we as a global citizen need to pledge towards the minor changes in our day-to-day lifestyle, food consumption style and strive to raise a toast for the farmers.
I hope, my letter must have inspired you to work for the betterment of the society so that someday when we go to sleep, we can sleep in the trance of the blessings from the happy and well fed stomachs on this earth. After all, a happy stomach is an idea of the right path towards development and freedom.