The China-India Comparison with Lots of Facts – Part 4/5

POVERTY & THE MAOIST REVOLTForeign Policy magazine reports that rural poverty in India is turning a Communist Revolt in to a raging resource war. “For India this is no longer rural unrest, but a full-fledged guerrilla war.”

“Economic liberalization has not even nudged the lives of the country’s bottom 200 million people. India is now one of the most economically stratified societies on the planet… The number of people going hungry in India hasn’t budged in 20 years.…”

“New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore now boast gleaming glass-and steel IT centers and huge engineering projects. But India’s vaster hinterland remains dirt poor—”

The World Hunger Index [GHI] says, “India is home to the largest number of poor in the world. The latest estimate suggests that over 400 million people live below the official poverty line… Given the nature of rural Indian economy all shades of poverty can be found in India—from moderate under-nutrition to extreme starvation.”

In fact, while China’s Communist Party and Mao are often accused and criticized for killing or allowing millions [estimates range from 16.5 million to 45 million based mostly on inflated numbers] to die of starvation in 1959 during the Great Leap Forward, “According to the 2010 GHI report, India is among 29 countries with the highest levels of hunger, stunted children, and poorly fed women.”

UNICEF reported in 2006 that, “10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths.”

If “the Indian subcontinent has nearly half the world’s hungry people,” as Think says, then about two and a half million children die from malnutrition and hunger related diseases annually in India equaling twenty-five million deaths every decade or about 130 million deaths since the 1959 famine in China. In addition, the Times of India reported, India tops world hunger chart.

Continued on January 4, 2012 in The China-India Comparison with Lots of Facts – Part 5 or return to Part 3


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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Note: This revised and edited post first appeared on October 22, 2010 as India Falling Short

7 Responses to The China-India Comparison with Lots of Facts – Part 4/5

  1. Denham says:

    I savour, cause I discovered exactly what I used to be taking a look for. You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  2. Rodrigo says:

    And I thought China was one of the worst countries to live. Compared to India, China’s a paradise.

  3. cillian says:

    its refreshing to see the facts laid bare. i hope in the future china will not be slated in the media as it is. if the media focused on india so many of the worlds poor and forgotten would have a better chance. its a shame the bbc comes from england and adopts the apologist mentality when it comes to india.

  4. Roundys says:

    Well, one difference between China and India that is seldom appreciated is that China is fundamentally a peaceful country while India is a classic expansionist that has many territorial aggressions to its neighbors in its 60 plus years existence as an independent nation. China has settled 12 of its 14 land borders with its neighbors peacefully,

    Click to access i8782.pdf

    while India has border dispute with most of its neighbors. Its border with Bangladesh is one of the bloodiest in the world, killing at the border is on the average one every three days.

    It has invaded and annexed territories once India got its independence. This includes:

    Hyderabad, Goa, Kashmir, Tawang, Sikkim.

    Here is how India annexed Tawang:

    Here is how India annexed Sikkim:

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