What Mr Modi can do to make life better for Indians

Published: October 2, 2016
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Modi should stop thinking of his country as a superpower, like the US. PHOTO: REUTERS

After the recent attack on the Uri military base, Mr Modi said that Pakistan and India should focus on the development of their own people. So I thought about what India could do to improve the lot of its citizens.

Even after almost 70 years as an independent country, India is still an undeveloped nation. Estimates vary, but it can safely be assumed that at least 40% of Indians go to bed hungry every night.  That’s about half a billion people who need a dollar a day to survive, which translates into roughly $180 billion per year. This is something that should seriously worry the Indian government.

So why does India have to spend over $50 billion on its defence, considering that it is a nuclear power and no country would dare invade it? And why should it give a billion dollars every year to Afghanistan, unless it is to destabilise Pakistan?

Of course, we always knew this and it has been proved by Afghanistan virtually declaring itself a colony of India by refusing to attend the forthcoming SAARC summit. If India’s aim is to help the poor and hungry, why not do it in India itself? As they say, “charity begins at home.”

But what should worry the Indian prime minister the most is the lack of toilet training amongst most Indians – 720 million of whom don’t or can’t use toilets. According to foreigners, a stinking smell assails their nostrils whenever they step out of airplanes into any Indian city, particularly Mumbai. They call it “Bombay perfume.” It seems that most Indians don’t have toilets in their homes. In fact when the government gave them free commodes, they refused to use them, preferring to relieve themselves in the wide open spaces where they could empty their bowels and at the same time think deeply on what can be done to improve their lifestyles.

In fact, Mr Modi would be interested to know that an entire apartment complex was built without any toilets recently. All passengers would certainly be shocked if any Indian suddenly squatted in the aisle of an airplane and did what should be done in the bathroom!

So what should Mr Modi do to make life easier for Indians?

First of all, he should stop thinking of his country as a superpower, like the US. Secondly, he should reduce defence spending considerably – most of it goes into buying junk equipment and increasing the wealth of corrupt Indians anyway. He should go all out to provide food for those Indians who do not earn enough to feed themselves.

And finally, he should make sure that every Indian house has a toilet. In fact, that should be his top priority, as it will make people of other countries feel better when visiting India or interacting with Indians.

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Devesh Puren

    ONLY 12% under poverty ,India has reached from 27% poverty to 12% in just 4 years.keep your advice with yourself.Pakistan has mostly extremist ideology that you can’t see in India .you have blasphemy laws.we in India can’t even think of having so.some people may be communal but at least our constitution and judiciary is functional.look at any international index,Pakistan with that less population is behind India in every one of them.Even in you passport you guys deny Ahamadiya’s belief ,our constitution is secular and can’t can’t oppress any community like that.India’s defence budget is around 2% of its gdp and almost every country spends that much in defence.so start being better neighbor and learn something from india.AS for as toilet are concerned you have now very outdated news ,89 lakh toilets built by govt. last year.it is progressing ,take care of yourself.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Aww another hater comes with the toilet nonsense when his terrorist country is attacked, mind you Pakistans toilet is even worse let alone its jihad problem and we get 50 times more tourists than you, tourists not terrorists Recommend

  • pk

    I think all those are local Madrasa statistics where only hate is preached. In 1971 India was 90% poor, but still we managed to dismember Bangladesh . Now we are only 40% poor (madrasa statistics).Let us dismember Baluchistan.Recommend

  • pk

    A rhetoric without statistics is just propaganda or hate. According to HDI 60% of Pakistanis live below 1$ a day as compared to 24 % in India and 49 % in Bangladesh. Next time you need to just publish different developmental statistics of both countries and then leave the inference to the readers.Recommend

  • wb

    Please tell me this is a joke. Or you’re so hurt by the recent attacks on terrorist launch pads that you’re smarting with this blogs that reads more like a facebook comment.Recommend

  • Concard_007

    The rate at which hate against Modi is publishing in Pakistani media tells me one thing, he has touched a raw nerve and they seem to be scared of him lol. None of the Indian media even the stupid ones have published something remotely as disgusting as this author’s article. But hey we are having a awesome time under Modi. Check out his latest action on black money holders, even Indians got scared of Modi and declared all their ill gotten wealth before the deadline.Recommend

  • Simla

    What a childish rant, understandable if it came from a kid but from an adult this is just laughable. I pity author’s cognitive capabilities.Recommend

  • Reddy

    dude calls himself mentally unbalanced giving free sermons to india…it wud be unwise of me even try to lament the facts put up here as it wud mean stooping to his level,which is an eternal free fall…since you chose mumbai,let me put out some facts..mumbai city’s GDP exceeds that of entire pakistan,so forget about ROI,ur entire country competing with one city in india,country with 1.3 bill ppl was able to eradicate polio which this mentally unbalanced guy’s country yet to do…i can go on but for a country that is competing with one city in india this is enoughRecommend

  • ajay gupta

    karachi is the dirtiest city in the world. heard of pot calling the kettle black?Recommend

  • Gingerman78

    Modi’s gotten you Pakis rabid mad. He is very successfully isolating your country diplomatically. Not that it is very difficult…your image as a country is as rotten as can be, your economic ratings are terrible, your passport takes you nowhere and when it does, all of your orifices are examined before you are let in. The author writes as if Pakistan is the land of milk & honey. If so, it is only milk & honey for the political elite and its military.
    BTW, where are your great patriotic leaders? Mushy finds it too unsafe to live in Pakistan as does Zardari. The ineffective Nawaz would rather be shopping at Harrod’s. You can diss India all you want but no one doubts the love that their leaders have for their country. Good luck Recommend

  • sunilsm

    Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him),” mentally unbalanced” . wow tribune i thought reading a balanced article!!Recommend

  • Rajesh Jha

    Read the article . No. of thumps up in Facebook given are in thousand . I am shocked with level of writer & person liking it . There must be some analysis in writing . At he end it was just waste of time .If pakistani intellectuals feels this way against India , there is no hope for pakistan . you will stay with path shown by Jihadi .your fellow will be killed by hatred & military as happened all along . see in kashmir valley ,90 people killed with all problems but in single blast fifties get killed and it becomes news for a day .

    we outside the pakistan , feels sorry & wish the better future of pakistan so that this sub continent becomes better .

    but i feel with this hate , we will slip from the path of progress & remain headache for the most of Nation .

    Of course China will get their due .

    AmmenRecommend

  • Ruby

    >Estimates vary, but it can safely be assumed that at least 40% of Indians go to bed hungry every night.

    India has food security law which give free food to people through public distribution agencies. You mistook malnutrition to hunger.

    >And why should it give a billion dollars every year to Afghanistan, unless it is to destabilise Pakistan?

    Because the cost of not giving a billion in support to Afghanistan is higher for India. Remember the plane hijacking? Besides Indians genuinely care about Afghanistan.

    >Of course, we always knew this and it has been proved by Afghanistan virtually declaring itself a colony of India by refusing to attend the forthcoming SAARC summit.

    Except Maldives and Nepal(Nepal cannot anyway because they are the chair of this year’s summit), ALL SAARC countries boycotted Pakistan. Are all these countries colonies of India? If so, of all the SAARC countries, you are saying Nepal and Maldives are not colonies but others are?!

    >Secondly, he should reduce defence spending considerably – most of it goes into buying junk equipment and increasing the wealth of corrupt Indians anyway. He should go all out to provide food for those Indians who do not earn enough to feed themselves.

    May be you are stuck in the 90’s. But today we have an acts like Lokpal and movements like AAP. Indians are no longer putting up with corruption. And see above about food security.

    >And finally, he should make sure that every Indian house has a toilet.

    There are programmes launched towards this goal. People laughed when India said it would eradicated polio. Now the goal is to solve this issue. You may laugh now. But atleast we are not the only country on the planet with endemic polio.Recommend

  • Test Test

    This coming from a country that has lesser per capita than India. Pakistan spends more per capita on defence than India. India spends on science, education etc, whereas Pakistan only spends on Jihad and its armed forces. Go first and build toilets in your own country. No one visits Pakistan itself. So dont give lessons to others, clean your mess first. The Pakistani nation is one of the most horrible nations and hated nations on earth. Do you know why? Because they go about killing humans in possibly every way they can think.Recommend

  • SG

    Felt like reading a Facebook post instead of a newspaper article. The author could have at least checked the numbers on World Bank website, before publishing in a newspaper. No wonder “people who know him, understand that he is mentally unstable” (self declared in his introduction at the end).Recommend

  • harkol

    > safely be assumed that at least 40% of Indians go to bed hungry

    How safe is this assumption? Most Indian states give heavily subsidized food to poor. In Karnataka Rice is provided at Rs.1/kg to poor. Most school children get midday meal all across India. Per most independent figures in 2011 itself the desperately poor in India was about 20%, by now it shouldn’t be more than 15% and reducing fast.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “our constitution is secular and can’t can’t oppress any community”. Yes, the communities you are allowed to oppress are Muslims, Dalits, Christians, etc. And your constitution allows you to fire pellets into the eyes of innocent Kashmiris protesting against rape and murder by your army!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The truth about India really hurts Hindutva and Modi supporters like you, doesn’t it?Recommend

  • vaibhav

    LoL….. Authors Hate Against India Is Obvious……He thinks that only india hav poors and other countries including “The Great Islamic Republic Of Pakistan” is free of poors….. why don’t u write about poors of your all weather friend China……Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    You really are so stupid as to believe there were attacks on so-called non-existent terrorist launch pads! The real attacks are by the 700,000 strong Indian Army on Kashmiri Muslims, 90,000 of whom have been killed and countless injured/raped since 1989.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    It might interest you to know that I was born in India, where almost everyone is “mentally unbalanced”!Recommend

  • Hindustani

    How many satellites launched by Pakistan? How many Pakistani universities can compete with IITs or IIMs? what is the % of budget spent by Pakistan and India will tell the real expenditure done by both countries. Article would have become more credible had it taken data from same third party source and compared both India and Pakistan be it sanitation? defense expenditure? or any other parameter. Living in denial does not help but facing the problem help to solve it. At least in India retired army officers do not run sugar factories or cement factories or are multi millionaires like many Pakistani retired army officers are?Recommend

  • Siddhnath Dubey

    Close all Madarasas, Terrorist Outfit & tech lesson (Those written for Modi) to both sharif. Total population in comparison with india is just handful off, out of them 90% home less, education less, foodless.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    An article based on falsehood and madressah statistics.

    1) WB says in percentage terms there are more poor in Pakistan(21.9%) than India(21%).

    http://data.worldbank.org/country/pakistan

    http://data.worldbank.org/country/india

    India is 8 times bigger in terms of size and populations, so numbers will obviously be in greater numbers. That way, India has far bigger middle class and upper class, greater than the middle class of entire continent of Africa! Nobody in Pakistan spends much time on this crucial fact.

    2) $50 Billion spent on is a fraction of India’s GDP($2.5 Trillion), which in turn is set to expand at a rate of 7% in the least every year for decades to come. So, Pakistanis like this guy, take out your calculators.

    The problem with ET allowing such writers to pen blogs is the utter lack of preparation. Only if the Author had bothered to perform some basic research he would have found in his very country’s newspapers that India’s spending came down from 2.5% in 2006 of GDP to 2.3% in 2015, while that of Pakistan stood at a whopping 3.3% for the same year! It is alarming because Pakistan has always found tough to pay its own bills and has had to approach IMF multiple times. Pakistan spends more than 60% of its budget on Debt servicing and Defence.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1250119

    3) Modi is doing perfectly well. Under his watch FDI to India has increased and no other country, including China, get more FDI than India!

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/india-replaces-china-as-top-fdi-destination-in-2015-report/articleshow/51932057.cms

    Pakistan’s FDI? Lets just say most of Pakistan’s traditional investors are pulling out.
    China is giving loans to a country, which has no means to pay it back.

    Look at this sorry WB graph of Pakistan.

    http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/BX.KLT.DINV.CD.WD?locations=PK

    Compare this to India’s graph.

    http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/BX.KLT.DINV.CD.WD?locations=IN

    Modi is doing fantastically well. The Ego of Pakistanis stop them from seeing it.Recommend

  • Jeff

    I disagree I have visited both, cow do not graze in major city. How can you let cow wonder in cities? lol. Nice try on curtailing your nationalistic sentiments. lolRecommend

  • Jeff

    But for such rich country, you sure are poor.Recommend

  • Jeff

    Interesting, so the Pakistan must be getting on India’s nerve daily? If anyone was scared of Modi they wouldn’t have black money to begin with neither would government allow black money to poor in. It’s defense of economic failure.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    As of July 2015, 1.8 Million people were displaced by Pakistani Military bombardment of FATA.

    http://www.internal-displacement.org/south-and-south-east-asia/pakistan/figures-analysis/

    Do you know the difference between 1.8 Million and 90,000?

    How many killed because of such indiscriminate bombardment by Pakistan? Thousands!

    http://www.icj.org/pakistan-military-justice-system-unjust-and-ineffective-new-icj-paper/

    All this in the past 2 years. You care about 80 Kashmiris being killed by pellets, but not the 77 people sentenced to death without fair trial.

    You have Military courts where Terrorists aren’t even allowed to defend themselves with a proper lawyer. How many were hanged last year without due process?

    “Seventy-seven people have been sentenced to death and four
    have been given life sentences. At least 12 people have been hanged after trials that are grossly unfair.”

    Your military allowed CIA to drone your own citizens. Your own report said a lot of civilians died.

    https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2013/07/22/exclusive-leaked-pakistani-report-confirms-high-civilian-death-toll-in-cia-drone-strikes/

    “Of 746 people listed as killed in the drone strikes outlined in the document, at least 147 of the dead are clearly stated to be civilian victims, 94 of those are said to be children.”

    Why are you worried about India what it is doing to its Islamists? If you care about Muslims so much why don’t you write an article based on the links I’ve provided? Are you afraid of Pakistani ISI hunting you down?

    Why are you practicing selective humanity? Aren’t people of FATA, Uighur Muslims(China decimating them but you are okay with allying with it), Balochistan, Bangladeshis Muslims?

    Is your humanity reserved only for Kashmiris? Why can’t you just say you want real estate?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    If you can ignore 77 people killed without due process in your own Unconstitutional Military courts, why do you care about 80 odd Islamists being killed by India’s pellet guns?

    http://www.icj.org/pakistan-military-justice-system-unjust-and-ineffective-new-icj-paper/

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-military-courts-insight-idUSKCN0ZD2ZI

    If you can kill Muslims, why not India?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    It is a proven fact that first cousin marriages in many Muslim societies and Pakistan in particular are leading to “mental and physical retardation”. I am not saying it, but your and International newspapers are.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1212811

    This is true not just in Pakistan, but in UK as well!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11723308/First-cousin-marriages-in-Pakistani-communities-leading-to-appalling-disabilities-among-children.html

    “Couples who are getting married should be forced to have a DNA test first to ensure they are not cousins amid growing concern about incest within Pakistani communities”

    It continues: “First-cousin marriages, which are are legal in the UK, are practised within Britain’s Pakistani community, as well as among some Arab and African families. Medical data previously suggested that while British Pakistanis were responsible for 3 per cent of all births, they accounted for 30 per cent of British children born with a genetic illness.”

    You are lucky to be born in a country where cousin marriages are frowned
    upon and marriage within the same villages and gotras(bloodlines) is
    banned! Unfortunately, you are now associated with a country where
    cousin marriage is legal and a norm.

    Clearly, it is the other way around. Please update yourself.

    So, your insinuation that mental disabilities are more in India is wrong on based on Madressah statistics and Urdu-media-level-knowledge.Recommend

  • Shyam bhagat

    Pakistan is one of last nation in Asia in Global Competitive Index and Education standards even below Bhutan…. Having Highest Electricity Prices and load shedding… Patrol is available at very high rate…. 80% Income is coming from Indirect Taxes… Foreign Remittences are decreasing.. Not affordable to run any business… Your businesses are taking over by Chinese commodities… Cotton Industry is good example… Worst Medical conditions where Hospitals are for treating humans like animals…. Your Farmers are facing Problems… 20 Crore people having your two dams… Unique country which Exports are on downfall… Imports are more than double than your Exports… Soon to be Bankrupt if you don’t solve your internal problems… Your monitory institutions like PAC and NAB are facing corruption charges on itself…. Some year ago there was a situation when there is not Patrol left in Pakistan… Military cannot afford to buy 8 F16 which are comparatively cheaper and you are bidding to buy Russian SU35 whose maintenance is also costly… Your prime donors like US and China are practical countries… They will never invest in you if they don’t have there interest… CPEC is only for China to sell their Products to you… They are investing in your infrastructure not in your industries where they need talents to survive… There are no University in Pakistan having International Standards… It is hard to read these facts but India or Modi is not your Enemy… Your biggest enemy is your Politicians who are looting 35% and remaining 50% is your defence budget… Without removing Extremist like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hakkani Network who is going come and invest in your country… Pakistan is not isolated by India but its own mentality…Recommend

  • khan

    One of my friend went there..this toilet thing is such a mess man..those ppl dont have any civic sense. I would say countries like somalia and ghana are far better than indians in civic sense.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Article full of flaws , assumptions and prejudices.
    First Assumption that 40% of Indians have less than 1$ a day. While World bank data says that in India poverty has reduced drastically. As per data of 2012 21.9% people were living below 1.25$. Its fair to assume at present it is less than 15% for 1.25$.
    And second for 1$ it must be even less than 10%.
    Then author assumed that all those who live below international poverty line go to bed hungry. Cost of living and food is quite less in India. Above that there are many schemes and subsidies with which people can be comfortably eat and survive. Some states give one kg rice for 2 Rs. some are offering full diet plate for less than 10 Rs (Rice, Chapati , Dal … ) and then above these are social and religious institutes which serve subsidized food.
    Again 40% people sleeping without food, is huge deliberate lie to start Article with.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    You havent heard there is a hidden kid in every adult, This is that !!!Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Truth ? Please enlighten us from where you got figure of 40% below 1$ ??? And how you assumed that earning 1$ means that one sleeps hungry ?Recommend

  • Akbar

    Many Indians who are reading this will be outraged. And they should be. They should be outraged by how deeply they are being brainwashed by their fascist government.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    If you born and live in India, then we accept. You know how to make money from ‘kabaad’ and ‘jugaad’. No doubt that you sold kabaad to Pakistanis and they are happy too ! This sounds like good businessman.Recommend

  • Jindal

    Well if you think Mr Modi by shooting yourself things will improve then please don’t wait. Just do it.Recommend

  • gp65

    You understand the concept of black money? This is money that people would have collected over years kind of like the properties of your PM’s daughter that were identified in Panama papers. Since Modi has been in charge only since the last 2 years, what has happened is the generation of new black money would have definitely reduced. This can be noted by the fact that corruption perception index of India has improved 18 ranks since Modi took charge.Recommend

  • gp65

    1) India’s rank in world competitiveness index by World Economic Forum improved from 71 when Modi took charge to 39 now. Pakistan’s rank is 122.
    2) India’s rank in corruption perception index by Transparency International improved from 94 to 76 since Modi took charge. Pakistan’s rank is 117
    3) India’s rank in Human Development Index by UN improved in one year from 135 to 130 (fresh rankings are awaited in a couple of months). Pakistan’s rank is 147.
    Under Modi, India has become the fastest growing large economy in the world and also the one that attracts the highest greenfield FDI in the world. Inflation that had remained stubbornly high at double digits for 5 years under his predecessor has been cut in half. 200 million Indians now have bank accounts and have thus joined the modern economy. The country is moving in the right direction under Modi. Please worry about your own country.Recommend

  • gp65

    Have you bothered to find out how many of the Kashmiris killed were actually Kashmiri Pandits who were killed by your non-state actors? How many were part of Indian security apparatus and how many were foreign intruders that were killed? You might be surprised that the answers are not what you have assumed.Recommend

  • gp65

    When a crowd of 2000 attacks a police thana which has 10 police, nowhere in the world they would be described as ‘innocents’. Less than 100 insurgents have been killed in Kashmir in 3 months whereas 250 were killed in Turkey in one day.
    Please tell me how many Christians and Muslims from India seek asylum abroad? Compare that to how many non-Muslims are left in Pakistan compared to the 22% it had in 1947.Recommend

  • gp65

    Actually even Maldives eventually backed out.Recommend

  • Mir Sahab

    they are not taken by the Pakistan Agency they just flew in the asylum and then they say that they are being taken by Pakistan Agency. Such a lame comment Sir :PRecommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Why don’t you stick to the subject, viz. what Modi can do to make life better for you? Or will you vote for him again because he goes on killing Muslims?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Why don’t you tell Modi to allow international human rights organization to go to Kashmir & find out the truth? It seems you want so many Kashmiri Muslims to be killed that they will become a minority in their own country!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Modi got elected only because he arranged the mass murder of Muslims in Gujarat, and he knows his virulent anti-Pakistan/anti-Muslim stance will get him re-elected in 2019.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Actually, I took a lower figure. To find out that 77% of Indians live below the poverty level, please visit http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007/08/15/stories/2007081554611300.htmRecommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    If first cousin marriages are banned in India, why are there so many morons in your country? Like those who don’t know the difference between “lakh” and “million”, and say “billion” when they actually mean “crore”. In fact, I laugh when I read figures like 3000 crore in Indian newspapers. We switched over to “hundred thousand”, “million” and “billion” in the 1980’s, even though there are some Pakistanis who still use ‘lakhs” and “crores”, but their number is shrinking.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    77% of Indians live below the poverty level, please visit http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007/08/15/stories/2007081554611300.htmRecommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    To find out that 77% of Indians live below the poverty level, please visit http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007/08/15/stories/2007081554611300.htmRecommend

  • abhi

    you are referring to a story published 7 years ago and that too doesn’t say what you are trying to imply.Recommend

  • Original_Concard

    You are right. So what?Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Great mr Lakhani, you picked year 2007 unofficial data ! Even 2012 World bank data of 1.9$ saying 21%.

    This shows that how eager you are to show India down. You made many Pakistanis happy, that is your achievement. If you get money by writing such articles, ok, it is justifiable.

    and you know more, that Arjunsen (the article you pointed) wrote report based on Data available from 1993 to 2004.
    This is just laughable ! You are writing News article based on unofficial report of decade back, which itself was report based on data of two and half decade back….THIS IS HEIGHT.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Mr Lakhani took figure from one person’s unofficial report of 2007 (Arjun sengupta), and height is that report too was based on data available from 1993 to 2004.
    This person wrote Article in 2016, based on data of 23 years back.
    That too with exaggeration that poor people who had 20 rs means that they dont have anything to eat at night.
    Let me tell that at that time I was Student in Engg college in Jaipur. Two people could eat more than comfortably in less than 18 Rs. With Chapati, good Daal Fry and delicious Chana masala Sabzi plus salad. That too in restaurant/dhaba (located at center of city, Ajmeri gate) . We can fairly assume that when Jaipur, huge city was so cheap then rural area plus homemade meal would be even cheaper.
    Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    And you think in 7 years the number of starving Indians has decreased from 77% to less than 40%? I thought you were an intelligent person!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    To find out that 77% of Indians live below the poverty level, please visit http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    I don’t live in India, because (a) as a Muslim, I want to die a natural death and (b) most houses in India don’t have bathrooms!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    So, in 9 years, the number of desperately surviving Indians have decreased ed from 77% to 21%? Did you take the World Bank people to your villages and showed them the true face of India? What about 17,000 farmers killing themselves every year? By the way, it is not “unofficial data”, the article was written by one of your ministers (who was once Consul General in Karachi).Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Sure it’s a rich country, 17,000 farmers killing themselves every year!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The article was written by Mani Shanker Aiyer, a minister (he was also once the Indian Consul General in Karachi).Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The “crowd of 2000” was protesting against the killing of their men and raping of their women by the Indian occupation army. They are actually freedom fighters trying to liberate their land from illegal occupants.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    77% of Indians live below the poverty level, please visit http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007Recommend

  • Motiwala

    Rising Hindustan, Shining Hindustan,Saffron Hindustan,
    Hail Lord Modi…..[gosh, got the mantra out of the way]
    Strange fact, a border that is so heavily guarded, controlled, patrolled, where a mouse can’t squeeze in sideways, 4 alleged non state actors walked in, went to a military base, which was brimming with security and shot dead 19 soldiers? That’s a shocking third rate military
    Could’nt Master Modi, Doval, Sushma come up with a better story? Even a 6 year old will not buy it ….
    [unless he is a Hindustani child]
    And these Kashmiri Pandits and Hindustani soldiers that are dying like flies, scratched that,..being killed like flies
    by rock throwing Kashmiri Muslims!?! Now, that is incredulous!! ….But then to a brainwashed Hindustani, like you, first step is denial. Second step denial, third step is denial. Denial is ya’ll’s middle name.
    The Hindu nation, poor wretchs, whose scientists are allegedly aiming to send a probe to Mars, is literally starving. While a savage, jingoist, dictator, who was an
    international pariah is now reigning supreme.
    Well, Modi is the nearest thing to a hero for the Bharati Janata. Since they never had one in the the last 5000 or
    6000 years of Hindustani history.
    Oooops! Forgot. Hindustan did invent plastic surgery,
    5000 years ago. That’s a good thing. Master Modi said so.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    1 It was article of individual, not as minister 2 Data was not of 2007 Govt Data, 3 Article relied on report of was based on third person .4 That Report was based on data collected starting from 1993.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    1 Despite of knowing that Data was not of 2007 you are quoting 9 years period. I explained fully.
    2 Why poverty wont decrease when India progressed rapidly in last decade, When other countries were facing slow down, India was progressing.
    3 Mani shankar quoted report which was in fact based on very very old data.
    4 If you read carefully (original) , mr Sengupta didnt had his own data, he relied on decade old data.
    5 India had rapid growth after nineties.
    6 You are not willing to accept ‘official’ world bank data of 2012, this shows your eagerness to ‘prove something’.
    7 Above all, World bank data has poverty line at 1.9$. People below that ie a person with small family of 6 people (parents, couple and 2 kids) means 23000 Rs a month. This salary doesnt mean that those will be sleeping without food. I can show people who earn less than this and have mobile, bike and TV, cooler.
    You are Engineer, you must talk with logic, not on emotions and assumptions.
    Explain and prove how you said that 40% of people sleep hungry. While more than 78% people (as of 2012 situation improoved much after that )are earning more than 1.9$ a day.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Again, it seems you assumed. I guess you wanted to say toilets.
    While I can ‘safely’ assume in what kind of area you might have been living before you left. If situation was such crucial in your neighborhood that it was question of dying of unnatural death. Every city has such areas, You took right decision Sir.
    You had other options too to shift into area like Adnan sami did he moved from one of most Developed country to India’s good area.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    I did visit, that report was of 2007, based on data from 1993. Official data of worldbank of 2012 says less than 22% lives on 1.9$ . as of 2016 As India is growing faster than many countries , poverty is between 12-17%. And Above that State and central govt are running schemes for poor people so they can have free or highly subsidized food, a full meal for less than 20 cents. Unemployment stipend. Pension to old people, Free medicine, free education, assistance to woman, free or subsidized electricity to few poor sectors like farming, weaving, 25kg wheat at Rs 3 per kg.
    40% sleeping without food is totally baseless ‘self pleasuring’ statement.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    About farmer suicide. You took upper figure from worst year. Suicide is different phenomenon. Farmer who have huge land are suicide because crops get destroyed by flood, drought or insects. Govt even announce loan weaver of billions and above that even compensate them. This situation is climate hit areas mainly in Maharashtra and Karnataka. If you see statistics then you will know that 94% , reason is not related to poverty.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    To find out how poor India is, please visit http://borgenproject.org/10-facts-poverty-india/Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    To know just how poor India really is, please visit http://borgenproject.org/10-facts-poverty-india/Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Haven’t you forgotten M. F. Hussain, who was compelled to live in Qatar?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    As I said, to find out how poor India is, please visit http://borgenproject.org/10-facts-poverty-india/Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Want to know how poor India really is?Please visit http://borgenproject.org/10-facts-poverty-india/Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    It will come as a shock to a brainwashed person like you, but please visit http://borgenproject.org/10-facts-poverty-india/.
    You will find out how poor India really is.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    You must be remembering that Mr M.F. Hussain painted Hindu Gods and Goddesses in sexually suggestive poses. If similar was done in Islamic country, the person might have killed. Even caricature of messenger (not God or Goddess) attracts machine gun attacks (charlie hebdo). People filed case against him he was in India comfortably till then. much later when he came to know that court will take action now then he left and didnt return India. Was MF Hussein write, you are again justifying a wrong initiator to justify your article, though this is unrelated.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Sir, Again you denied World bank own website and data and relying a blog.
    No problem, I gone through that link and ‘other pages’ too.
    1 That link you sent too say 37% people live below 1.25$. Which contradicts to your article. and I still insist that 1.25$ with all subsidized things , people wont go to bed HUNGRY. That blog too says year is 2012, not today. 1.25$ for small 6 people family translates roughly into 22500 PKR a month.
    2 I visited other links of same blog for Pakistan, here are some very interesting links, please check these .
    http://borgenproject.org/10-facts-child-soldiers/
    http://borgenproject.org/10-child-labor-facts/

    3 About poverty in Pakistan, more recent data are shown
    http://borgenproject.org/government-reduces-poverty-in-pakistan/
    It says that 60 million people live on 29$ a month ( ie less than 1$ a day, while Indian data was 1.25$)
    That means ~33% of 180 million of Pakistanis are surviving below 1$. You are Engineering student, you can know that if data of 1.25$ will zoom.
    4 Check education of Pakistan in same blog, and it shows literacy is just 50%.

    Again my question is same, when 40% of people are not even poor, and even poor dont go bed hungry because of many schemes. How you “SAFELY” said this. That too when poverty is decreasing in India rapidly.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    BJP lost the election that time. BJP came to power that too with high majority when India seen Corruption of another party and development by Modi. If Anti Muslim or Anti Pakistan sentiments brings victory then BJP could win majority after Kargil.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    That report is not only of 2007 but was based on data from 1993-2004. Fact was that India progressed much faster in last 2 decades, Mr. Lakhani is ignoring worldbank data of 2012 that says 22% poverty. But want ‘self pleasuring’ report backed by 23 years old data !Recommend

  • Babulal

    Author, please have a look here to understand the plight some of your Pakis are going through. Help them instead of pointing fingers at India. We can take care of ourselves :)
    http://labs.tribune.com.pk/inside-machar-colony/Recommend

  • abhi

    So you think nothing is changed in last 7 years? May be in Pakistan where you live. Alos you are quoting an article written not by any economist but by a party flag bearer who wants to advocate a particular style of governance. You should be able to differentiate between propaganda and facts. Or is it too much expectation?Recommend

  • harkol

    The URL doesn’t work. But Seriously, That seems like a decade old report (2007 report, on 2005 data)! Do realize – the rate at which India is grew past decade, it’s GDP more than doubled. And it’s poverty came down sharply.

    Mor recent TheHindu news report is here – http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-is-home-to-194-million-hungry-people-un/article7255937.ece

    Also, Do Check the latest world bank figures.Recommend

  • ajeet

    A big thank you lakhani ji,we never knew that the need of the day is to build toilets rather than to build relationshipsRecommend

  • LS

    He does not need your suggestions.. to make life better for Indians. He has been working on it successfully for last 2 years already. Whether it is infrastructure, Girls Education, Better higher education, Less corruption, less red-tape, Business friendly policies, better network, Better pay-scale for soldiers, insurance for farmers, Crop Insurance, Bank accounts for everyone, Electrification of remaining 18,000 villages, Skill enhancement, Make in India program and many more.

    As far as killing muslims is concerned pakistan has killed more muslims.. 3,000,000 or more in Bangladesh, 25,000 palestinians in Jordan, 5,000 or more in Balochistan and more than 2000 in AJK and GB. As far as muslims killing others is concerned there is no end to it and by some estimates it exceeds 283 Million.. Also, killing terrorists is not a crime is it? Just like you do in Balochistan or FATA.. I am sure your bombs know how to hit only terrorists and spare civilians.. right?Recommend

  • LS

    Why don;t you tell your sharis to allow international human rights organization to go all over pakistan to find the truth of your fake concern for Kashmiri? While you yourselves are killing the same Kashmiri in AJK/GB and converting them, settling Punjabi and ex soldiers.. Why was Pakistan removed from human rights commission by UN? Because of your pathetic human rights record. India is still in that group.. you are not.. your selective pain for human rights not withstanding.. develop some spine first.Recommend

  • bmniac

    As a retired senior civil servant who still travels a lot and is in touch with many senior economists and civil servants i feel sorry that you have a writer wh0 needs to do more research. This stuff is hilarious!Recommend