The definition as given by the UN for poverty is a minimum intake of approximately 250 calories. so if u ask a statistician he would place the amount of those under the poverty line in india between 40 to 45 % but actually it comes to more han 60%! can you imagine that???its an astounding fact.well you mentioned food, shelter and clothing.do you not feel that education comes under the basic necessities, well it does and if the individual lives in polluted place but he has all the basic necessities????
first we i.e india needs to define the word poverty for itself as conditions in different places are unalike.in kerala the inequalities are the minimum regarding incomes.
well we indians have resources.all our brains are working in foreign countries , developing it, as they are being paid in dollars & euros. india spends so much of resources on education and this is what happens.very few of them do the opposite.money is not everything in life!
if the markets cannot give the remedy to the problems of the nation like poverty, unemployment then an external body has to involve itself and that is the GOI(govt of india).why do we pay taxes?because we are responsible.why are elections held?its a democracy and the people who rule us have been elected by us!
according to the UN human development report, indian has been ranked somewhere around 136. what a shame!HDI(human development index) takes into account life expectancy, infant mortality rate, sex ratio, etc.
we might be growing at about 7% of GDP but it can be either due to inflation or a population explosion.what do the lay men know of GDP, the intricacies involved,when it is seen that GDP has grown they think india is growing...where is the growth seen,the poor are still the same..its a saddening sight...hope we make a difference to this sad state as indians!