Skip to main content

Status of Women in India and ... Malnourished Kids

In a report the results of which really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone from India
India ranks 3rd from bottom of the world on malnourished kids

Consider some of the findings from a report released globally today by the Washington-based International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI).
  • The proportion of children found underweight in India, according to the latest figures is 47.5 per cent, which makes it worse than conflict-plagued, drought-stricken Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • According to the report's lead author Doris Wiesmann, “In India, women eat the last and the least, increasing the chances of anaemia,” she explained.
  • “It has been observed that the women who have a say in the family, allocate more resources to their children’s nutritional needs. Men have other priorities,” she said.

What are you going to do about it?

What can you do about it?

Simple, treat the women and children in your house as your equals- insist that they sit down to eat with you. If it's a matter of practical feasibility, let the women and children eat first!

It's time to dump the retro Indian tradition of making the women and children wait while men eat first during lunch and dinner. I know most of my progressive and educated friends do not subscribe to this shameful practice, ... but a lot of them still do!

And try to educate and influence your maid, your driver, your office boy, your dhobi, your doodhwaala, and the next construction worker and the auto rickshaw driver you run into.

But remember, you have to start by setting an example of yourself!

Is that too much to ask of you, my dear friends from India?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Splitting User Stories vs. Rally's "split" feature (that has nothing to do with it!)

I recently came across a "split" feature in the popular Agile tool Rally that they recommend to handle unfinished work. Manage Unfinished Work - Split user stories http://www.rallydev.com/help/manage-unfinished-work Screenshot http://www.rallydev.com/help/sites/default/files/multimedia/Screen%20Shot%202012-03-02%20at%2011.17.11%20AM.png UPDATE: The above links don’t work anymore (apparently since CA acquired Rally). Rather than change the links (because I’m not sure if the new links correspond to the old articles I was responding to), I’m just going to share the new links: https://help.rallydev.com/manage-unfinished-work#split Below are my observations on the "Split" feature in Rally (following by a few excellent articles on Splitting User Stories): This has numerous problems: 1. Nothing to do with Splitting User Stories It has nothing to do with "Splitting a User Story" which is an advanced but fairly well-understood field in Agile, and a tool for Product Managers…

The Wise & Persistent (a.k.a. Agile) Entrepreneur

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
Bertrand Russell
The Dunning-Kruger effect explains the pervasive and perverse phenomenon where people with less competence rate their ability higher than do people who are relatively more competent.

The successful pursuit of any major goal in life requires many things including the much overrated Luck. In my mind, two qualities stand head and shoulders above everything else as absolutely essential to success:

Your ability to LearnYour Persistence
I've previously discussed how to improve your ability to learn.

Today I want to share with my fellow entrepreneurs my thoughts on persistence.

I'm sure you had enough lessons of persistence knocked into your head. And it may even be getting to a point where the word starts to lose its meaning. But the thing is, persistence will lead you to success only if you have a proportional ability to learn…

Gaand Mein Danda

If you don't know Hindi, you probably won't relate to it.

Turns out the youth culture in India is alive and well, and quite creative too.
Here's a hilarious- and a very melodious song, Gaand Mein Danda, from "Bodhi Tree", a student band from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Read along with the lyrics for total enjoyment ;)

Some of their other hits include:
- Sabka Katega
- Too Many Potatoes
- XL Ki Kudiyan

Here's some more on the topic if you're intrigued:
Sutta mil gaya
Swear word mil gaya