Poochhna hai ab mujhe yeh Hind-O-Pakistan sey,
Peit bhookon ka bharogey kya jang ke samaan sey?
(I now have to ask this from India and Pakistan,
Will you feed your hungry with the weapons of war?).
~Kunwer Mahinder Singh Bedi Seher
India and Pakistan, both nuclear nations, have been embroilled in conflict over the territory of Kashmir since 1947. Several times in past 70+ years have they come very close to war.
However, their human life indices tell a very sordid story.
Global Hunger Index for past 13 years has been ranking countries based on four key indicators — undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting and child stunting. Zero is the best score and a reading above 100 is the worst.
You can see the detailed list here: https://www.globalhungerindex.org/results/.
Out of 119 countries ranked on global hunger index, the countries ranks in South Asia region in 2019 were as:
- Sri Lanka- 62
- Nepal- 72
- Bangladesh -86
- India- 103 (was 100 in 2017 and 55 in 2014) (Score= 31.6)
- Pakistan -106 (Score 32.6)
Together between these countries, there are over 1 billion children and youth whose lives are at stake because of warmongering, which is unnecessary and unwarranted.
Here are some pictures of children from India and Pakistan: