Considering the Zero Hunger Paradox
‘In this country that grows more food than any other nation on this Earth, it’s unthinkable that any child should go hungry.’
These words uttered by Sela Ward, a famous actress, make my mind take a deep dive into the ocean of my thoughts that’s full of questions regarding the current scenario which isn’t something new to experience but has had a historic pattern and continuity. Anyhow, I would first like to present my insight on the topic and then leave some questions popping up in my mind at the end of this blog for you people to find answers, these mysteries still remain unanswered for me, even after a lot of time given to devising desirable answers to them. Would love to know your opinions and viewpoints on such questions. Let’s begin.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made all of us see what all was left unseen and unexperienced for all these years before this dreadful scenario hit us unexpectedly. The world is suppressed under crisis in almost every aspect. There seems to be uncertainty and hopelessness all around us. People are in a complete dilemma about how life will change further. Sharing an anecdote from my end, I hope, will only act as evidence to the confusions and things to consider crucially after all that we are facing together. So, it was Monday morning, when I was heading towards my friend’s home who got recovered from a month-long illness and needed some assistance in his work. A state-imposed lockdown made streets look dull due to the absence of people and all the regular hustle and bustle. I stopped my car at a red traffic signal and there came a young boy begging me for some money so that he could buy some food for his little sister who hadn’t eaten anything for approximately two days then. Well, to be honest, I was a little skeptical about offering the poor beggar some money at that time just because of his chances of lying and using the money for some irrelevant activity. However, words can lie but not the tears, that spoke volumes about how badly he was in need. Fortunately, I had a packet of biscuits with me available at that moment, so, I instantly offered him that. He hurriedly grabbed the packet and ran towards the footpath where I saw a little girl of about five years of age sitting and sobbing. He opened the packet and gave her two biscuits to munch immediately. The girl had some biscuits and the boy had the leftover ones, the biscuits ran out in about a minute. I sat there in utter shock and amazement. There were only thirty seconds left for the signal to turn green when the boy ran towards me and thanked me around ten times for helping him. As the signal turned green, I started the car again and drove off. But, my mind was left numb and muted seeing the plight of such paupers and imagining the struggle of lakhs of people dealing with the same circumstances.
They don’t deserve to be facing the harshness this way. None of us deserves to be put under such conditions. In these times, it’s immensely important for us to realize how blessed we are if we exist being healthy, having two square meals with our families, under a roof in neat and clean conditions. Being responsible citizens, it’s our utmost duty to stand up for each other and help our fellow countrymen in need, not only during these bitter times but at all points.
To sum up
At last, here are some questions which my mind craves for answers to and won’t find peace until quenched with appropriate and valid responses to the same. How are we planning to take individual steps in order to end this evil shadow of hunger and poverty? Are all of us ready to contribute equally with our efforts and dedication? Do let me know about your views on the same. Some people, let’s join our hands and work towards a better future together.