The darkest spot in shining India – poverty

Around 800 million people in India live on less than Rs. 20 per day. Around 250 million live on less than Rs 12 a day. The hopelessness of the situation can be gauged by the fact fact that people are eating rats or selling their children for buying a day’s meal.

BBC’s photo feature on poverty-stricken villages in N. India.

The cover story of this week’s economist mentions poverty as one of the two main barriers holding back the Indian economy.
Economist Article – India’s economy – What’s holding India back?

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Bill, which promises wage employment to every rural household and assures at least 100 days’ employment, has not been really successful, thanks to corrupt officials. But more than this scheme, the government needs to think about rigid labor laws. A more flexible system could be a step towards generating more employment. A bigger percentage of the public finances needs to be spent on providing access to basic facilities such as water, electricity and education.

On a side note, I wonder what India’s extreme religious right would say if the people mentioned in the BBC feature converted to Christianity and were given one meal a day and their kids a decent education. Money cannot buy happiness, but it gives you an option to choose your miseries. On the other hand, you could use your money to buy someone else’s miseries. In case, you decide to do that, take a look at:


3 Responses to “The darkest spot in shining India – poverty”

  1. diosia Says:

    The poverty is just unimaginable! 800 Million people!! My gosh.
    Thanks for speaking out. Also check to help out.

  2. Will Dwinnell Says:

    It is astonishing to realize how many (not just in India) live in abject poverty and in constant hunger, in a world of plenty.

    In a better future, people will surely ask why we continued to live this way when we did not have to.

  3. Amita Chauhan Says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve just started a blog for GiveIndia that you may find interesting. read it at and please leave your comments.

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