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Thursday, August 25, 2005

How many children does it take?

..to draw attention to, something that Mumbai bloggers, seem to have surprisingly missed.

The Maharashtra government has for the first time, admitted to deaths of children due to hunger.

Today, the state government told the Bombay High Court that over 2,800 children, mainly in the tribal areas, have died of hunger in the last seven months.

The High court which was hearing a public interest litigation in this regard and has asked the government for some straight answers.

Alarming numbers

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court that in the first three months of this year, 1180 little children uptil the age of six have died in the state's five poorest districts.

For the rest of the year, the figures of children deaths are 1634 children in the state's 15 tribal districts, which means a total of 2814 children have died so far this year.

11 Comments:

Anonymous arZan said...

This is horrendous. Not the act of the government but rather the lack of it that led to these deaths.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

The fact that this takes place regularly, just a few hundred miles from a big metropolitan city in India is what is most disappointing. The mainstream media should be taking the government to task.

8:40 PM  
Blogger blokes said...

stop this pointing the finger at the government. let US- as urban middle-rich class take responsibility of taking more resources from the planet than needed for our wasteful ways making tribals who live close to the earth be our sacrifice even if it means their children die- so what-as a great western professor once wrote on my paper- these tribals dont have a right to live in ignorance- they need to either become smarter like the rest of us (purpotedly thru' education) or perish living in an increasingly polluted and economically exploited land)

10:44 PM  
Blogger doubtinggaurav said...

Blokes, How could "rich like us" using more resource is causing tribal death you would care to explain....

(That is you are not channeling Arundhanti Roy, if you are you need medication)

2:51 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

blokes: The government is solely to blame by creating these tribal areas and then more or less ensuring that they stay there. This is the end result.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was actually a report on Indian TV (NDTV?) a few months back about this problem that the tribals were facing. I do not recall the details but the gist of it was that the government policy of making the tribals buy food from restricted sources was one of the reasons. It was shown that the private market had lower prices but the tribals could not buy there and the funds were inadequate to buy from the government sources. As I wrote earlier, it is a hazy recollection and I scoured the NDTV site for this report but was unable to find it.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

ANon,

Last year it was 8000. Like I said, how many more children will it take before policy makers pay attention?

And it is not Niger. It is the heartland of Maharashtra.

10:16 AM  
Blogger blokes said...

simple actually- the tribals have lived for centuries close to the land. now, we-the middleclass who want to get rich in our generation, r the ones who r in charge of ensuring that "forest laws" are addhered to and enforced. and to suit our pockets, ensure the rampant environmental destruction of THeir lands which is their sole source of food and existence.
do read www.indiatogether.org for detailed essays on the actual plight of tribals, not just in Maharashtra, also in MP, TN etc. They r no different from the US govt idea of Indian reservations. once "penned" in the idea is let them perish- we shall take away their livelihoods and see what happens to them. And all of us as consumers and purported electorate sit on our butts voting in dodos whom we conveniently blame later.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

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7:23 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

The idea of designating tribal areas is flawed. It is a form of economic segregation and is bound to lead to such results.

7:24 PM  
Blogger blokes said...

aap se poori sehmat hoon!

9:54 AM  

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