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RiazHaq

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At 8 feet below sea level, Pakistan's financial capital Karachi shows up on the list of world's mega-cities threatened by global warming. Other South Asian cities likely to come under rising sea water in the next 100 years include Mumbai, Kolkata and Dhaka.

However, it's not just the big cities in South Asia that will feel the brunt of the climate change. The rural folks in India are already seeing rising crop failures, increasing poverty and frequent farmer suicides.

Haq's Musings: Climate Change Worsens Poverty in India

Haq's Musings: Climate Change Likely to Flood Karachi Coastline

South Asia Investor Review: World Water Day: Water Scarcity Hurting Pakistan
 

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The climate of the Earth has been "changing" for 4 billion years. The climate has been changing throughout the time homo sapiens have walked on the Earth. Poor people are always more harmed by negative changes than rich people, also since homo sapiens have walked the Earth. Nothing new there. The solution, learn (education) and be prepared (Boy Scout motto).
 
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At 8 feet below sea level, Pakistan's financial capital Karachi shows up on the list of world's mega-cities threatened by global warming. Other South Asian cities likely to come under rising sea water in the next 100 years include Mumbai, Kolkata and Dhaka.

However, it's not just the big cities in South Asia that will feel the brunt of the climate change. The rural folks in India are already seeing rising crop failures, increasing poverty and frequent farmer suicides.

Haq's Musings: Climate Change Worsens Poverty in India

Haq's Musings: Climate Change Likely to Flood Karachi Coastline

South Asia Investor Review: World Water Day: Water Scarcity Hurting Pakistan
no matter if global warming is man made or natural. man is going to have to adapt and at times move it population centers when rising waters inundate them. Sea and Ocean levels have raised and lowered throughout earth history. and at times global warming has been much much worse then what we presently see.
 

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Here's BBC commentary by Soutik Biswas on India's "rights revolution":

Ensuring the basics in life remains the biggest challenge for India, six decades after independence.

Take food. Some 43% of Indian children younger than five are underweight - far above the global average of 25% or sub-Saharan Africa's 28%. India is a lowly 65th among 84 countries in the Global Hunger Index. Half of the world's hungry people live in India.

So the proposed right to food, entitling a poor family to 25kg of rice or wheat at three rupees (seven cents) a kilogram is good news. The bad news is that identifying the deserving poor is a challenge - there are four different government estimates of the very poor or below poverty line (BPL) people floating around. States may inflate numbers of beneficiaries to corner more federal benefits. Then there is the notoriously leaky public distribution system, from where food is often siphoned off by a triad of low-level bureaucrats, shop owners and middlemen.

Nobody can deny that the right to education - every child aged 6-14 can demand free schooling - is critical: an estimated eight million children in that age group do not attend school in India. India's 61% literacy rate lags behind Kenya's 85%. But critics point to a lack of teachers - India would need more than a million teachers just to implement the right - and say there are simply not enough schools to cope with the increased demand.

Rights don't work miracles. But activists say they are an urgent social intervention to empower the poor in a highly iniquitous society, where it is difficult for the poor to access officials to air their grievances and secure their entitlements. "In a hierarchical society, rights-based movements are a way of moving towards equality," says leading political scientist Mahesh Rangarajan. Also, they put pressure on the state to deliver - the right to information, despite glitches, is making government more accountable.

Studies show that sensitive political and bureaucratic leadership combined with grassroots awareness and an engaged local media can translate rights into reality and improve the lives of the poor. Activists point out that money is not a problem - the economy is doing well, revenues are buoyant, federal health and education outlays have been increased. The government has pledged more than $5bn to send 10 million poor children to school.

The cynicism over rights mainly comes from India's burgeoning educated upper middle class. It is mostly not engaged with public institutions at all - its members rarely serve in the lower ranks of the armed forces, teach in state schools or work for the government. Yes, there are valid concerns about whether the state has the capacity to deliver on rights. Yes, the Indian state continues to focus on maintaining law and order and collecting revenue. Delivering services is not its strength. Rights could actually help it move towards a functioning welfare state. I would like to hear stories from you - and people you may know - who are reaping the benefits of the rights revolution.

BBC - Soutik Biswas's India
 

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Here goes. Opening post is about climate change in Karachi,Mumbai & Dhaka. Second post is about Indian poverty & toilets. :sick:

Mr. Haq..Are you Moin Ansari in disguise?
 

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Are there poor in Indians but wait its a super power isn't it :D
Just behind Pakistan
Whats the Population of India
Whats the Population of Pakistan

Why do these people want to Comapre Pakistan with whole of India
Why dont you compare Pakistan with Indian States like
Gujarat,Punjab, AP, Kerala, Haryana
 

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Just behind Pakistan
Whats the Population of India
Whats the Population of Pakistan

Why do these people want to Comapre Pakistan with whole of India
Why dont you compare Pakistan with Indian States like
Gujarat,Punjab, AP, Kerala, Haryana
There is widespread hunger and malnutrition in all parts of India. India ranks 66th on the 2008 Global Hunger Index of 88 countries while Pakistan is slightly better at 61 and Bangladesh slightly worse at 70. The first India State Hunger Index (Ishi) report in 2008 found that Madhya Pradesh had the most severe level of hunger in India, comparable to Chad and Ethiopia. Four states — Punjab, Kerala, Haryana and Assam — fell in the 'serious' category. "Affluent" Gujarat, 13th on the Indian list is below Haiti, ranked 69. The authors said India's poor performance was primarily due to its relatively high levels of child malnutrition and under-nourishment resulting from calorie deficient diets.

http://indiahealthtast.org/Resources/MP_India State Hunger Index_2008.pdf
 

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There is widespread hunger and malnutrition in all parts of India. India ranks 66th on the 2008 Global Hunger Index of 88 countries while Pakistan is slightly better at 61 and Bangladesh slightly worse at 70. The first India State Hunger Index (Ishi) report in 2008 found that Madhya Pradesh had the most severe level of hunger in India, comparable to Chad and Ethiopia. Four states — Punjab, Kerala, Haryana and Assam — fell in the 'serious' category. "Affluent" Gujarat, 13th on the Indian list is below Haiti, ranked 69. The authors said India's poor performance was primarily due to its relatively high levels of child malnutrition and under-nourishment resulting from calorie deficient diets.

http://indiahealthtast.org/Resources/MP_India State Hunger Index_2008.pdf
The states you listed, one of them is a state with 100% literacy, another is known as food bowl of country, one is the manufacturing hub of India, the last is the land of business tycoons.

I seriously doubt if you are a sane man.

If you said same about Orissa or Mizoram, I could believe but these states.

Sounds like a joke.
 

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The states you listed, one of them is a state with 100% literacy, another is known as food bowl of country, one is the manufacturing hub of India, the last is the land of business tycoons.

I seriously doubt if you are a sane man.

If you said same about Orissa or Mizoram, I could believe but these states.

Sounds like a joke.
The report I quoted was produced by some very "sane" Indians (Menon, Deolalikar and Bhaskar), not any "insane" Pakistanis. It simply confirms the extreme inequities prevalent in India, and it is substantiated by India's Gini Index of 36, worse than Pakistan's 30.

http://indiahealthtast.org/Resources/MP_India State Hunger Index_2008.pdf
 

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The report I quoted was produced by some very "sane" Indians (Menon, Deolalikar and Bhaskar), not any "insane" Pakistanis. It simply confirms the extreme inequities prevalent in India, and it is substantiated by India's Gini Index of 36, worse than Pakistan's 30.

http://indiahealthtast.org/Resources/MP_India State Hunger Index_2008.pdf
Only if you read and understood the report, you wouldn't have list those states.

Read page 9 of the report and tell me how situation in Punjab is alarming
 

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The report I quoted was produced by some very "sane" Indians (Menon, Deolalikar and Bhaskar), not any "insane" Pakistanis. It simply confirms the extreme inequities prevalent in India, and it is substantiated by India's Gini Index of 36, worse than Pakistan's 30.

http://indiahealthtast.org/Resources/MP_India State Hunger Index_2008.pdf
I have to just agree to the findings of this report and take comfort in the fact that the report has indicated a Per capita (PPP) of 2753. Its work in progress. We now know the scale and magnitude of the problem and that is one step closer to solving it.
:cheers:
 

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A better way to check country's progress is the Failed State Index, which in addition to economic indicators also includes Political and Social indicators.

Pakistan's Rank on Failed State Index - 10
India Rank on Failed State Index - 87
 

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Kerala compared to Chad Ethiopia and Somalia in terms of hunger and malnutrition is a good joke.i am from kerala i can 100% confirm this report is false.
 

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