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Shouldn't Indians eat good food?
President Bush's remark
Not many days are lost since Mrs. Condolizza Rice expressed her golden finding that-'Indians are responsible for the rise in the price level of food commadities in the world', her boss, Mr.George Bush has stated 'Indian middle classs is now eating good food. SO they are responsible for the rise in prices of food commodities in the world.'
Many days have passed since Mr.Passed this remark. Now Bush has stepped down and new ruling is there in America.But, Bush never apologised for his remark and the comments made herein, for that reason, still stand equally paining even after 2 years of his remark.
It is a matter of wide and painful discussion now in Indian news papers and electronic media.It is reported that Mr. Bush , during a discussion at Missouri recently, has stated that-'Now a days the income of the middle class in India has increased.As a result, they are now desiring to take good food. As a consequence, the food prices are on the rise.'
Above statement, if true( white house has not denied it so far), gives the following meaning:
1 Prices of food was sofar low(?) in the world not because of the price controlling policies of concerned national governments, but because of the fact that Indians were not consuming good food.
2. If Americans and other countries should get food for cheaper rates, the Indians should remain poor!
Out of the above mentioned views, the first one clearly indicates the failure of concerned governments to control the prices. It only says the govts. simply depended on poor countries' poverty, to get good food for themselves at cheaper rates.The second meaning is fully inhuman.
Mr. Jairam Ramesh, the Congress spokesperson in India has reacted to Bush's sttement saying"Mr. Bush's statement is the result of false understanding. He doesn't know economics at all!" Left parties in India have also criticised Bush for such a statement.
Indian defence minister A.K.Antony has catagorically rejected Bush's remarks and stated-"This is a cruel mockery.Food prices are rising because agricultural lands are now being used for commercial purposes. American president should rectify his defects first, before criticising others".
Food wastage in America
Now , reports are being quoted on how much food is wasted in America and other countries . Some points are quoted below.(source:Indian EXpress-dtd 4-5-2008)
1. 1600 lakhs tonnes of food is thrown into dustbin every year.
2. To produce bio-fuel, America is burning lakhs of tonnes of foodgrains(especially jawar) every year.
3.That apart, U.S.A. has reduced subsidy to the farmers as a result of which the cost of production has come to be borne by the common citizens there.
While re-editing this hub now,in october now, the government in U.S.A. has changed.Mr.B.H.Obama has taken the seat and many months have passed. Surprisingly to himself, he also has been awarded nobel prize for peace.He has expressed respects for india on every occassion.
But what is the practical benefit to India? His government is also sanctioning lot of funds to Pakistan.If it were in the form of food, clothing, buiklding materials, medicines, hospital equipments, etc, we were not worrying. But it is cash.Every time Pakistan has misused American help, against India, and America knows it. Now, conscious indians are thinking that America is making Pakistan, its base, to control India.So, India hasn't got any help from America, even after power change
The world problem
Price rise now is a world problem.It is for different reasons in different countries. It may be due to collapsing of housing indusrty in Amarica, in India, it is due to rise in oil import prices, etc.
Food expenses in diifferent countries
It is reported that food expense(familywise,) is much higher than In india, in many othr countries.For eg: in Germany it is Rs.25,000/week.(1$=Rs.40 approx) .In Japan, it is Rs13000/week;in Italy, it is 13,000,in U.K., it is Rs-12,650 etc. Where as in India, it is around Rs.300/week and in Bhutan, it is-Rs 250/week.
'Don't grumble at others for your diplomatic and economic failures'-we wish to say Mr. Bush.
The world famous environmental Institute, 'world Watch Institute' had one expert Prof.LesterJohn, as its chairman till recently. Acoording to his opinion,if mutton consumption in America is reduced by 25%,the groceries that could be saved can supply food to all malnutritioned people in Asia continent.Food products used to nurish one child in America can feed 36 children in India.( it doesn't mean american children should give up eating good food to help Starving children in other parts of the world. It only points out at the extravegence.Even then Indians are blamed.)
For details ,please read the book 'A DIET FOR NEW AMERICA' by John Robins. .
One week after the publication of this article, White house has nowcome forword to patch up the issue, seeing the protest the statement has received. Again, here also, officials are not behaving honestly.
The officer,Mc.Komarck of the white house , has appealed to the people'not to take Bush's statement in the negetive sense,but to concider it in the positive sense'.
Mr.Bush or Mr. Komarck alone should explain what this 'positive sense' means!