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Lack of political will keeps India hungry

Despite a large pool of talented and hard-working people, India is poor because it is fixated on poverty

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Lack of political will keeps India hungry

Indians go hungry to bed as food grains rot in government warehouses. (Photo: YouTube)

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India, a land of abundance and enduring democracy, has slipped below neighbor Bangladesh in the poverty index and will have to work hard to play the big brother role in South Asia.

More than seven decades after their country escaped its British colonial legacy, Indians are relatively worse off than their counterparts in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan in the Global Hunger Index.

Despite a large pool of talented and hard-working people, India is poor because it is fixated on poverty. Immense national resources, most of them in the form of sops, are set aside for the marginalized to keep them poor forever by the mindless emphasis on preserving traditional jobs, inherited based on an exploitative caste system in villages where 80 percent of 1.3 billion people eke out a living.

The Economic Survey of 2018-19 said that almost 93 percent of Indian workers are in the informal sector and at the mercy of middlemen and unscrupulous elements who charge a cut for their services.

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