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Pardon us.

Posted by ajadhind on October 12, 2010

Dear Prime Minister and dearest Home Minister,

We are extremely sorry for not accepting the democratic model of the country. Kindly forgive us for not accepting your model of democracy ( which is represented by the images below) you have offered as an alternative to the armed revolution.

Yours faithfully,
“Misguided Youth”

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India has highest prevalence of underweight kids: study

Posted by ajadhind on October 12, 2010



New York, Oct 12, PTI:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
India has highest prevalence of underweight children under five and the level of hunger there is ”alarming” as the country ranks 67, out of 84 countries, on the Global Hunger Index, a new study has found.
About 40 per cent of under-five children in India, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, and Yemen were underweight, while Afghanistan, Angola, Chad, and Somalia have the highest under -five mortality rate – 20 per cent or more, a report by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has found.

“Globally, the biggest contributor to the world GHI (Global Hunger Index) score is child underweight,” it said. The GHI was calculated on three factors – the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the child mortality rate.

The report found that in South Asia, India was among the countries with hunger levels considerably higher than their GNI (Gross National Income) per capita would suggest, while China had considerably lower hunger levels.

In India, the report said, the “high” GHI scores “were driven by high levels of child underweight resulting from the low nutritional and social status of women in the country.”

“Conflict, disease, inequality, poor governance, and gender discrimination were factors that can push a country’s level of hunger higher than what would be expected based on its income,” it noted.

The study also found that more than 90 per cent of the world’s stunted children live in Africa and Asia where rates were 40 per cent and 36 per cent respectively, and more than 80 per cent of stunted children were living in 24 countries.

“India alone accounts for a large share of the world’s undernourished children,” the report said, citing a previous survey by the World Health Organisation, which found that in 2005–06, about 44 per cent of Indian children under age five were underweight and 48 per cent were stunted.

“Because of the country’s sheer size, these numbers mean that India is home to 42 per cent of the world’s underweight children and 31 per cent of its stunted children,” IFPRI researchers noted, referring to a UNICEF report.

Overall, the survey puts 29 countries in the”alarming” and “extremely alarming” category with the latter being in the Sub-Saharan Africa — Burundi, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eritrea.

Though highest levels of hunger were found in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the report noted that South Asia has made much more progress since 1990.

Between the 1990 GHI and the 2010 GHI, the countries that made an absolute progress were Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Vietnam.

It also highlighted that malnutrition among children under two years of age was one of the leading challenges to reducing global hunger.

“To improve their scores, many countries must accelerate progress in reducing child malnutrition,” said Marie Ruel, co-author of the report.

“Considerable research shows that the window of opportunity for improving nutrition spans from conception to age two. After age two, the negative effects of undernutrition are largely irreversible.”

The report will come out ahead of World Food Day on Oct 16.

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‘Injustice breeds Naxalism’ – Justice S R Nayak

Posted by ajadhind on October 12, 2010

source – deccan chronicle

Bengaluru, Oct. 9: Maoist outfits are gaining roots in some places in the state and in the country because people in these places have been denied social justice, said Justice S.R. Nayak, chairman, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

While addressing students of Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media on the topic, ‘Violations of human rights by police,’ Justice Nayak said citizens who live in Naxal prone areas extend their support as they feel Naxalites are more humane compared to state authorities.“Nowhere in the world have ultras like Naxals been won over by the use of force or by killing them mercilessly,” he said.

He highlighted the classic case of slain forest brigand Veerappan, who was protected by the villagers themselves by misleading the police force as most of them were denied social justice. Justice Nayak also called for 50 per cent reservation for women in Parliament, stating that they had been denied the right to represent the electorate.

“Around 95 per cent of crimes committed against women and children don’t get reported. There have been instances of women who dare to speak out, getting raped and tortured in the police station itself,” he said. He listed some of the illegal acts committed by the police including their refusal to register crimes, illegal arrests, custodial torture and extrajudicial killings. Explaining the psyche of the police involved in such atrocities, he said: “There are policemen who feel that the only way to get the truth out of the accused is to torture them. Sometimes, the police don’t register a case because of increased workload and sometimes under political pressure.”

“There are policemen who take bribes to register a case,” he said.

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