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A nascent sapling cut from a tree,

Planted to be free,

Planted on a new ground,

Separated to be found…

Little did it know,

What was to come

It was alone,

It kept mum…

It is now a tree,

Not yet free,

To a fellow farmer it heeds,

Too egoistic to plea

Not willing to be helped

But being in need

To strengthen its roots,

To spread its shoot

“Let me” said the farmer

“Leave me be” said the tree

Aid was denied,

So was the denial,

The farmer reached out,

The tree backed down.

It must have been a farmer,

That cared a lot,

Abated resistance

To grow a good crop

The tree is finally free

It owes a ton

To the farmer who assisted thee

To the tree it was cut from

And it is amazed

It is crippled

It is dazed

A farmer like one no one can replace

Whenever in retrospect

It sees its parturient past

It bends in shame

For the arrogance cast…………………….

Rahul Shrivastava

(The insubordinate tree)….

‘Spandan’ an altruistic NGO, inspired by benevolence and humanitarian values, embarked on to dig out the most execrable verity, that has changed Madhya Pradesh, Hindustaan ka dil, as wee see it. The recently concluded survey uncovered that malnutrition has engulfed fifty children in the past six months, in Madhya Pradesh alone. The numbers are periling to cross the hundred mark with ease if the entire nation was dealt at hand. When the political ‘know-how’ bureaucrats were apprised about the deplorable circumstances, they began lecturing the various turpitudes of modern society, and failed but not once, when it came to absolve themselves out. Their unceasing attempt to adjudge themselves innocent highlights the depravity of a human mind.

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It is unfortunate that a child is not considered malnourished till he becomes a severe case and is at the dearth of his life. The impoverished people of Satna district(M.P.),lack basic facilities like seating arrangement, drinking water, separate toilets or space to cook nutritious food; These numbers equally put forth the abysmal condition of medical facilities and emergency services provided to the not so developed classes. When a child dies of malnutrition, he does not go off easy. It happens through a slow and sickening chain, which leaves the child at pitiable and hapless condition. Sunken eyes, deep-set skin exhibiting each and every one of the 206 bones present, are what a parent must bear witness in his to be caretaker. The gut wrenching thought of impuissance becomes quotidian.

With the mushrooming up of fast food restaurants, pizza huts, and a gazillion more places to grab a bite, these figures are disturbing to any section of our multi-ethnic society. Next time you spare excess food at a fancy and gaudy restaurant, I invite you to spare a thought. Next time you curse your existence, I invite you to compare. Next time you feel that India is perfect, I invite you reconsider.

Why must a child die at all? Why do people feel they can justify death? Why is the government inefficient in providing the most basic amenity for life?These are a very few from the plethora of riveting questions crowding my fragile consciousness.

The hour when the government both at the centre and state level should accept their cumulative failure is here. New norms regarding food security need to be devised and executed to curb this horrid menace sine die. The proposal of propagandas is not alien to our system, its their implementation which is all in all indispensable.

A child lost to malnutrition is a concern for all Indians, a shame for all residents in the near by vicinity, a sin for the government.

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The orthodox ‘fourth-estate’ of India, the press, scrutinized on the new and effulgent ‘fourth-estate’, the blogosphere. The former can with ease bring forth a thirty minutes special report on the alleged ‘conspiracy of the digital age’, or even ‘technology-a threat to India’ for that matter, if they feel their position disheveled. The gloomier side to it is that, the naïve and baffled masses would nod along them, owing to their incessant perception-“The media can not wrong”. It isn’t agonizing any more; it is appalling now causing consternation. Awareness grows as it is spreads. But in our country, sadly it isn’t growing anymore. It seems we are moving into dying orbits, imperiling nothing but our own virtue.

My concerning doesn’t emanate from a couple of flaws by the television media, but due to a long, prolonged sense of fear that has been instilled in me, an unexplainable agony that I have developed within myself; after watching the news as it breaks and juxtaposing it with as it is presented. I must here venture that through this article of mine, am not trying to spark an unprecedented revolution, or to change the face of television media as we see it. I am just trying to spread awareness as I see my biggest challenge in it. I do believe that many of the ‘news’ channels are credible to their reputation and do justice to their position. This is just yet another attempt to point out the black sheep.

For instance the not so recently concluded ‘Big-Bang’ experiment by some of the most intellectual minds, was presented as the grimmest catastrophe ever to take place. The experiment in spite of being praised was booed and feared. The stupendous amount of money that flew in it was shown to elicit nothing but Armageddon. And if that wasn’t horrid enough, a television ‘news’ channel of good standing gave it a religious cut, and borne witness that ‘The End’ as it will be, was predicted by a religious saint thousands and thousands of years ago. The chaos theory states-“One random act gives rise to another, which starts another, in a bigger picture it starts a change, it starts chaos, it commences mass hysteria” . And so it was to be, it was almost worth killing yourself when some of the self acclaimed intellects fell prey. The vicious circle took an even vicious turn when these ‘intellects’ started spreading their knowledge. Instead of keeping their newly found philosophy they decided to propagate it to their off springs. And so the chaos theory was justified.

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The apex court gave its ruling quite a time back, ordering the honorable government to look in to these discrepancies. The government in a jiffy formed a committee for that matter. When the committee failed to submit its report in its prescribed term, another committee was made to look in to the working of the former committee. It is true then ours is a land of committees. But deplorably the only problem these committees seem to tackle is unemployment. Well so far, so good. And that’s the last a common man ever heard of this issue on which even the Supreme Court has given its verdict.

The more I contemplate about it, I get lost in reverie, I get dazed, for who is to blame.

The corporate ‘news’ channels who are in it for lucre, and will inevitably present things as the masses would find fascinating, or the Aam janta, which fails to understand the very same fact, or the ignorant and adamant government, sitting cozily in its comfort zone and seems to have become brazen about it.