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Starvation and Malnourishment in India: What's our Priority?

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  • Dr.Abraham Philips
    THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT OF INDIANS GO TO BED HUNGRY EVERY NIGHT!!!!! HALF OF INDIAN CHILDREN ARE MALNOURISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOME PEOPLE IN RAJASTHAN AND
    Message 1 of 202 , Mar 1, 2003
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      THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT OF INDIANS GO TO BED HUNGRY EVERY NIGHT!!!!!
      HALF OF INDIAN CHILDREN ARE MALNOURISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      SOME PEOPLE IN RAJASTHAN AND ORISSA ARE EATING BARK AND GRASS TO STAY
      ALIVE!!!!!!!!

      Against this backdrop, don't our problems look insignificant, our
      philosophical discussions meaningless and our fights irresponsible and
      childish?
      How will the Lord judge us?

      Following is an extract from an article by Michael Massing in The New York
      Times dated March 1, 2003, on a theory of Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winning
      economist:
      "Few scholars have left more of a mark on the field of development
      economics than Amartya Sen. ...Mr. Sen is famous for his assertion that
      famines do not occur in democracies. ... Now, however, in India, the main
      focus of Mr. Sen's research, there are growing reports of starvation. In
      drought-ravaged states like Rajasthan in the west and Orissa in the east,
      many families have been reduced to eating bark and grass to stay alive.
      Already thousands may have died. This is occurring against a backdrop of
      endemic hunger and malnutrition. About 350 million of India's one billion
      people go to bed hungry every night, and half of all Indian children are
      malnourished......It's so shocking, Mr. Banik (an Indian-born political
      scientist at the University of Oslo) added. "There's so much food in the
      country, yet people are starving."

      DO WE, MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS, HAVE OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT? Let's
      not focus on what others are doing wrong. There are many (even,
      non-Christians), who do things better than we do.

      Dr.Cherian Eapen's posting "Relevant quote - Worth meditating" in IOIF Digest
      764, quoting an American President (Harry Truman or Dwight Eisenhower), is
      also worth
      rereading.

      Dr. Abraham Phillips
    • Fr. M.C Cherian
      Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Prayer and greetings from MGOCSM.Wish u all a blessed Easter. Christ is Risen Indeed He is risen. Syndesmos is the World
      Message 202 of 202 , Apr 3, 2003
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        Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Prayer and greetings from
        MGOCSM.Wish u all a blessed Easter. Christ is Risen Indeed He is
        risen.

        Syndesmos is the World fellowship of Orthodox Youth. Its jubilee
        general assembly is in albania in 2003 July.There is a chance to
        become a STEWARD at the assembly. It is now recruting stewards from
        amongst its Member movements to provide practical support at its
        J.G.A.In july2003 in albania. Being a steward means hard work-from
        making photocopies to carrying chairs or planning cultural events.It
        means working, praying and enjoying yourself together with other
        orthodox youth from around the world. Who can Apply? Mgocsm members
        or senior friends between 18-35. speek English well and enjoy
        practical work and can hard work.From 8-22 july 2003.How? Syndesmos
        will provide a percentage of your travel ticket to albania. and also
        free accomodation and board. Your application will reach on or
        before May 1 2003.For further details contact email
        syndesmos@.... One person from MGOCSM.One
        from youth movement also can apply. Hope one of you will be there for
        the JGA.2003 at Albenia.

        With love and prayer from MGOCSM

        MC Cherian achan
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