since its independence in 1947, india has come a long way in its development. india is the second largest growing economy in the world. but still we have to go a long way to meet the challenges of hunger and poverty.
it is estimated that 300 million people in india go hungry every day. india ranks, according to Global Hunger Index, 65 out of 88 countries globally. according to the World Bank, 46 % of indian children below the age of five are under weight. the World Food Programme says that about 30 % of the world's hungry live in india. it is a stark reality.
the other side of the picture is not that bad. india, today, ranks second in the world in its farm output. it is the world's largest producer of milk, cashew nuts, coconut, tea, ginger,turmeric, black pepper etc. and the second largest producer of wheat, rice, sugar, groundnuts and inland fish.
india has arrived, definitely, but yet to reach. i quote Robert Frost:
woods are lovely, dark and deep;
but i have promises to keep.
and miles to go before i sleep;
and miles to go before i sleep.