Why is there malnutrition in Gujarat?
Sane people like SI and some of my readers would assume that malnutrition and starvation in India is mostly a function of poverty.
But not according to the Hindu communal Chutiya and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
This is what Modi had to say about malnutrition in Gujarat in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal (August 29, 2012):
About half of Gujarati children under five were stunted, or too short for their age, as of 2006, according to the latest available figures from the Indian government.
Mr. Modi attributes malnutrition problems partly to Gujaratis being largely vegetarian and partly to body-image issues among young women. “The middle class is more beauty-conscious than health-conscious—that is a challenge,” he said. “If a mother tells her daughter to have milk, they’ll have a fight—she’ll tell her mother, ‘I won’t drink milk. I’ll get fat.’ “
Only in Incredible India is inaccessibility to food and the daily anguish of the poor attributed to a beauty craze!