India 100th on Global Hunger Index: Rahul Takes a Jibe at Modi
India, down by three notches, ranked at 100 among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index.
Under the garb of ‘Digital India’, GDP, and ‘economic makeover’ lies a pertinent problem glaring at the face of a changing India – hunger.
India has slipped three positions in the Global Hunger Index, ranking at 100 among 119 countries – behind North Korea, Bangladesh, and even Iraq.
Targeting the present government on Twitter, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi quoted a poem by Dushyant Kumar.
Gandhi made a direct jibe at the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. His current style of criticism has earned him plenty of praises.
Responding to Gandhi's satire, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress was responsible for bringing in corruption in the country. He questioned the development under the Congress.
Last year, India had ranked 97 out of 118 in the Global Hunger Index.
What is 'Global Hunger Index'?
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been compiling the Global Hunger Index since 2006. In this, the problem of hunger is assessed by examining several countries of the world on some parameters. The ranking is decided on the availability of food, facts, and data.
The higher the ranking, the poorer is the performance of the country.
- According to Business Standard Analysis, in between 2014 and 2017, India dropped below 45 points in this index.
- Its ranking in 2014 was 55, but has now reached 100, although the ranking can not be compared because the new deciding method was implemented in 2015.
- India is worse than China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Sri Lanka (84), and Bangladesh (88). South Asia is one of the worst performers on the index.
- The only two countries in South Asia which performed poorer are Pakistan (106) and Afghanistan (107). Pakistan was at the 107th position last year.
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