Education or Food ? What should become a fundamental right ? Rajendra Pratap Gupta

India’s constitution was based on constitutions of foreign countries —————————No wonder !!

 The six fundamental rights enshrined in our CONSTITUTION are:

1. Right to equality

2. Right to freedom

3. Right against exploitation

4. Right to freedom of religion

 5. Cultural and educational rights

6. Right to constitutional remedies

The constitution makers of India borrowed various ideas from constitution of various countries . No wonder Food , Clothing & Healthcare was never mentioned in the Fundamental rights . Perhaps the countries from where our constitution was cut , copied and pasted had abundant resources to ignore food , clothing and healthcare but our ‘Wise Architects’ of the constitution did not look at the local conditions and need, and were more academically inclined to write a document then to go and see the realities and then draft the most important document for the nation ! More shocking is that , even today , our Hon’ble Prime Minister had / has advisors like Sam Pitroda , Raghuram Rajan and more recently Mr.Kaushik Basu again from Cornell University has been appointed as the Chief Economic Advisor. We have our own ‘foreign educated’ Kapil Sibal who wants to waive exams for class tenth but wants to make Education a fundamental right . Think that Food is still not the fundamental right and millions of children die before they reach the age of five .

Do we not have misplaced priorities ? With such thinkers having access to power to change the nation . Where are they going to take us . India needs four things on priority . Food , water , electricity & healthcare. Without providing these four basics , nation can never clock any substantial growth in GDP or raise people above the poverty line

We will keep raising the divide between ‘Empty’ & ‘Plenty’

Time to think logical

Rajendra Pratap Gupta


One thought on “Education or Food ? What should become a fundamental right ? Rajendra Pratap Gupta

  1. Right to education has been made one of the Fundamental Rights under the right to life and personal liberty thru the 86th Constitutional amendment. The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008, seeks to provide education to children aged between 6 to 14 years. The Bill also earmarks 25 per cent seats to weaker sections in private schools. However, the plan for the execution of the program remains to be seen.

    Right to Food: In India, nearly half of all Indian children are undernourished, half of all adult women are anemic and more than one third have a BMI which shows chronic energy deficiency. In international perspective, India is one of the most undernourished countries in the world.

    However, when it comes to food grain production, India is very rich: India has become a food exporting country. In spite of existing government schemes to ensure people’s access to food, the poor, unfortunate and deprived communities in India are continuously struggling for survival.

    And as rightly mentioned, the gap between empty and plenty is increasing with every passing day.

    Time to think logical

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