How to solve the malnutrition problem

This report starts with a quote, that I cut and paste below, without comment. Go here for more.

“It is true that too many children die from malnutrition each year in this country. Some of their parents also die from starvation and hunger. But the children are more vulnerable … one of the reasons is the widespread ‘irregularity’ in the state and central government services … the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh state is a very kind person … the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres is not a solution for the millions of malnourished children. These centres are not cost effective. But now that the centres are there we must effectively use them. My suggestion is to appoint a Brahmin priest in each of these centres and require the priest to verify the horoscope of every child brought to the centre. After studying a child’s horoscope if the priest is of the opinionthat the child will grow into a good citizen of this country, it must be provided treatment at the centre. For the rest, I would say, let us just leave them to their fate …if not where do we stop? … We cannot spend government money like this…” (Statement  and  opinion  of  Justice  Ms.  Sheela  Khanna,  the  Chairperson  of  Madhya  Pradesh  State  Commission  for  Protection  of  Child  Rights,  made  to  the  AHRC  staff members during a visit to the Commission in October 2010).

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  1. Krithika Ramalingam

     /  January 28, 2011

    My response to Justice Khanna, we stop only after we see to it that all children born in this country have enough food to eat. After all our constitution guarantees us that right.

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  2. *checks calendar*

    No, it’s still not “Talk Like An Idiot” Day.

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  3. Amazing, especially coming from a “Justice.”

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  4. Eek! Tell me this didn’t happen!!

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  5. gaddeswarup

     /  January 29, 2011

    I have been ckecking on the internet and cannot find any other confirmation except the first link. How does one really confirm that she made the statement? From the second link and from my experiences, I am not really surprised but I am trying to make sure that it is not a meme like the alleged Forbes report about Sankrit being the most suitable language for computers or some such thing.

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  6. Rahul Siddharthan

     /  January 29, 2011

    Swarup – they say she said it to them. So I doubt there is independent confirmation. Maybe there is a remote chance that it is a misquote or mistranslation or an ill-judged joke (if a joke, that makes it worse in my opinion).

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  7. Maybe the good Justice Khanna should read the essay by Jonathan Swift
    “A Modest Proposal
    For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland
    From Being Aburden to Their Parents or Country, and
    For Making Them Beneficial to The Public”

    The essay can be found here.

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  8. I sometimes wonder if there is any limit to human stupidity. This report speaks for it itself and confrims that there is no limit. Thank you for posting it. As Bob Dylan wrote: “Some things are too terrible to be true.” He also wrote: “I’m having a hard time believing some people were ever alive.”

    http://www.bretthetherington.net/Modules/Blog/Pages/BlogEntry.aspx?BlogEntryId=380

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  9. V. Balakrishnan

     /  February 12, 2011

    There is indeed no lower bound to the depths to which idiocy and insensitivity can descend. Who is this lady’s speechwriter? Sounds like the sort of thing Prince Philip would have said…

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  10. ankit tomar

     /  February 25, 2011

    BY awareness we can reduce it. As we know each and every solution would be passed through the education and awareness.
    So malnutrition is occurred due to unawareness and illiteracy.

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  11. qaisu

     /  May 9, 2011

    we dont want your comments…HOW DO YOU SOLVE MALNUTRITION!!??!!??!!??

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  12. sundar

     /  October 14, 2011

    free food for children is the way to solve malnutrion.government should give free food for childrens.roti,nuts and milk solve the problem.make healthy india .

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  13. I think the only way to solve malnutrition create job oppoturnities,providing free food for children.it may help

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  14. I think the only way to solve malnutrition create job oppoturnities,providing free food for children.it may help,free food for children is the way to solve malnutrion.government should give free food for childrens.roti,nuts and milk solve the problem.make healthy india .

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