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Nilanjana Sanyal

I am someone deeply concerned about the future of a planet we all share and ought to assume moral responsibility for. I feel particularly for our children, indeed our future generations and whose rights, welfare and well-being are to be taken care of if we the 'homo sapiens' species are to achieve a more egalitarian global order free of social ferment, violence and polarisation. You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one...

I am an India-based peace activist who has travelled from being a grassroots social worker to being a published author of eight books , both fiction and non-fiction, including one published from Germany.I am strongly committed to the principles of universal love, forgiveness, tolerance, global understanding and compassion, despite an arduous life journey marked by the immense pain and suffering of a behavioral challenge and restricted travel.Most of my writings are a reflection of my principles and stem out of my deep concern about the future of a planet we all share. My work and writing has conferred on me the 'Bharat Excellence Award' New Delhi (2011), the 'Best Personalities of India Award' New Delhi (2011) & the 'Karma Veer Chakra Award' New Delhi (2012). Yes, I am a bit creative (writing, music, etc) and would very much like to use my skills to work to make a difference.


There is a difference between “the right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food”.

“UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON THE ERADICATION OF HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION”>>This was adopted on 16 November 1974 by the World Food Conference convened by the United Nations and was oriented towards developing ways and means whereby the international community, as a whole, could take specific action to resolve the world food problem within the broader context of development and international economic cooperation.

Despite the fact that the right to food is recognised directly or indirectly by all countries in the world, hunger, whether caused by war, drought, natural disaster or poverty, continues to cause widespread suffering. And poverty, one of the causes of hunger, is also a consequence of it.

Hunger dulls intellect and thwarts productivity, thereby prevents reaching the full potential of any society. Added to this, for poor families, hunger-related illness adds to household costs and increases the burden of care for healthy family members often already struggling for survival. When this hardship is multiplied by millions of families worldwide, it creates a devastating ripple effect globally. And finally, hunger leads to character with value erosion and eventually tears apart the moral fabric of any society.

At one World Food Summit, leaders from 185 countries and the European Community reaffirmed, "the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food, consistent with the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger." They further pledged to cut the number of the world's hungry people by half by 2015.

But that goal too has not been met.

Eradicating hunger should not be the only goal. Ensuring the right to adequate food and the fundamental right to be free from hunger is a matter of international law, which policy & decision makers /social activists of countries around the world have committed themselves and have worked out ambitious plans and targets. There is a difference between “the right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food” The first one is a fundamental right and the country must ensure that people do not starve. The country should also do everything possible to promote adequate food availability for everyone within the territory. This means that people should have moral, ethical, physical and economic access at all times to food that is adequate in quantity and quality.