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D the streets with my camera and have seen hunger on the streets of India However I have not experienced hunger What Harsh Mander does very well is that he clearly highlights the issues and he gives voice to the stories of those who experience hunger every day This is something that most of us cannot imagine I have seen cruelty on the streets I have seen a ittle girl who s eye was put out because she was not bringing in enough money for her master and she did not have a voice The sadness as Harsh points out is that in our rush to gain wealth we have also gained indifference to the plight of the starving millions of India The statistics are revealing in themselves but his stories really bring the statistics to Immerwelt - Der Pakt life A bit detail on his personal recommendations would have been very nice However I think that this book is essential reading in India s schools so that we can sensitize our young at an early stage to what we need to do to really move our country forward one of the best books ever This was a very small book to begin with and every chapter was strewn with narratives of heart wrenching stories of hunger induced death so that was bit of a dampener as I wasooking at of factual and data filled substantiation of the book s contention Now don t get me wrong Mr Mander does a good job presenting the data too but not enough to justify the weight this book carried to provide an uneuivocal supporting argument for FSB Unfotunately in my humble opinion it fell short by a Modern South Asia little A four star nevertheless for the effort This is a well researched book which demonstrates the problems and reasons why India continues to struggle with hunger poverty the caste system people with disabilities the elderly medical care religion specifically Muslim and women s rightsWhile they have taken steps to feed the hungry and employ the impoverished there is much corruption made easy by a decentralized system of distribution and control The covering up of the number of people who continue to die each day of starvation related deaths only serves to perpetuate the problem This is a very sad book and difficult to get through I wish there was something I could do to alleviate the hunger and suffering of all these people. Ow they have contributed to creating this grim situation While doing so he argues passionately for the passage of a universal right to foodaw which guarantees food to all persons not as State benevolence but as a egal entitlement.
Unless you are a completely self absorbed member of India s westernized urban alienated this country stinks elite determined to get ahead at any cost with no imits on who you will trample underfoot to get to where you want to get Harsh Mandar is mandatory prescribed text Ash in the Belly is an outstanding symposis of the reach nature causes and conseuences of hunger in India and you would want to read it even if it was badly written which manifestly this book is not Harsh Mandar is a very good writer he is pithy and conversational at the same time and he has also tried to help the poor in India in every which way he could including but not Ancestral Voices limited to writing edits for Hindustan Times Today Feb 4th 2013 filing petitions before the Supreme Court of India and fighting for the right to food securityaw a battle he is osing by the way For these reasons alone he needs your contribution by way of book royaltiesThat said there are a great many reasons than that to read this book His writing skills get the reader through a subject that is basically ess than sensational in a way that the reader easily understands the central issues You cannot give such a book Aristotle Detective (Aristotle less than four stars And you cannot NOT read the book even if the subject of other people dying of hunger is not of interest to you I can t just write heart wrenching because it s too mild a word It sike being 5 years old and very rudely and violently being woken up from a peaceful slumber If I sound privileged it is because I am I always knew this and I have openly acknlwledged but really how much I could have not imagined in my most terrible dreamsThe data and stats May be outdated as it was written a while ago but I am Bones, Clones, and Biomes ltetty sure things have worsened onlyesp in theast 6 years This is a book that will not Bringing the Empire Home let you sleep If will teach you what hunger really is and how we misuse the word It s recommended that you read it to get over any adult delusions It s a book you will be very grateful to have read Harsh Mander puts forward a passionate account of the hopelessness indignity and despair that most of our population goes though everyday in the face of hunger He starts each chapter with a realife account which makes us understand the. Ash in the Belly is a penetrating account of men women and children iving with hunger illuminated by their courage in trying to cope and survive It is simultaneously an investigation into the political economy of hunger whereby one.
Issue as than merely statistics and numbers Some are stark images of sleeping hungry Half the week we are able to eat roti or rice with either vegetable or dal The other half it is just roti or rice boiled with salt and turmeric But there are four or five days in a month when there is no food and we have ittle option except to fast If there is any food we give it to our children adding a ot of water to fill their stomachs Any additional food goes to our men folk because we women are used to staying hungry Mander talks about the state failure inadeuacy of existing support and public indifference as augmenting the problem He shows that despite the much applauded economic growth of the country hunger is a persistent problem such that it has become inter generationalThe reasons are given as the arbitrary manner in which government surveys attempt to identify those who can be eligible for food subsidies a corrupt distribution system that eads to Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) leakages of nearly 39 percent and a culture of subversion of minorities including Dalits Muslimseprosy patients women and female childrenMander not only displays the physiological aspect of hunger that are faced chronic diseases and malnutrition but goes deeper to portray the psychological effects of hopelessness shame Counter-Amores loneliness andow self esteem that goes with an empty belly Mander thus authoritatively argues in favor of the right to food security as a part of right to Dancing at Armageddon life with dignity He stresses on the aspect ofegal entitlement that goes along with the Right instead of it being a part of welfare that is doled out as state benevolence The part where he talks about state and public indifference as being the cause of someone dying of hunger as not being very different from murder a crime touched me the most Its a must read particularly for all of us who have never felt the Double Jeopardy loneliness and shame associated with sleeping on a hungry stomach for days together and will never wake up to the wails and cries of our hungry children at night It provides a intrusive commentary on an issue we usuallyook from a distanced and detached manner This is an excellent book in many ways I have worked in the field of nutrition have travelled in villages have walke. In every two children is malnourished despite the creation of wealth and economic growth Mander critically examines the increasing economic ineualities the range of State failures and public indifference in general and brings out