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    Rabble Rousing Random Ramblings by S Jagadish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

    April 19, 2011
     

    A recipe for disaster and more corruption

    If the extra-constitutional authority called the National Advisory Council has its way, you will only be allowed to serve one dish at any social gathering you organize.

    Apparently, this is to control the food wastage in India, since India's hunger situation is rated as "alarming" on the 2010 Global Hunger Index.

    The food wastage is a definite issue, but it's stupid to assume that millions of Indians go hungry only because other folks splurge on food during social gatherings like birthdays, weddings, religious rituals, etc. The assumption totally ignores the reality that the food storage & delivery system is so pathetic that food grains rot in godowns, or in transit.

    The NAC discussion comes at a great time. Last week, Amit Varma wrote "Corruption is inevitable in India because the government has too much power".

    Any mechanism to restrict food intake at social gatherings would just be one more avenue for the government to get unnecessarily involved in our personal lives and increase the scope for bribery to get around the rules.

    Do the members of the NAC even realize that a social gathering creates opportunities for so many individuals & groups? Grocery, vegetables, meat and fruit vendors get good business. Cooks are in demand. People are needed to keep the cooking & eating environment clean, and to serve the food. Logistics & transport companies get involved. The food also invariably finds its way to needy & under-privileged people.

    If ever this becomes a law, I will break the law.

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