1. What’s the story?
The most recent Global Hunger Index has ranked India 102 among 117 nations. According to the report, we also have the highest percentage of children with malnutrition. (Quick recap: The Global Hunger Index is a tool that measures and tracks hunger globally, by region, and by country. The GHI is calculated annually, and its results appear in a report issued in October each year.)
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
The Reserve Bank of India, (RBI) that’s where. Back in 2016, when demonetization happened, the 2000-rupee note was introduced in the market. The Government claimed that notes of high denomination help curb the prevalence of black money in the economy. However, in a strange about-face, the RBI has revealed that it has stopped printing 2000-rupee notes to “prevent hoarding of the high-value currency and curb black money.” The mint has not printed a single such note this financial year.
3. What more?
In a disturbing development exhibiting India’s decreasing tolerance, a school headmaster in Uttar Pradesh has been suspended after the Vishwa Hindu Parisad complained that he was making students recite an Urdu prayer. His crime? He encouraged children to sing “lab pe aati hai dua”, a famous poem by the celebrated poet Muhammad Iqbal. (Quick recap: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad is an Indian right-wing Hindu militant organisation based on the ideology of Hindutva.)
4. Anything else?
In another unreal development, US President Donald Trump’s recent diplomatic letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been made public, surprising a number of people with the presidential language used in it.
5. Is that all?
Peanut butter may be a quintessentially American condiment, but the “gracious streets of Kolkata” have surprisingly been its home for decades. Here is a journalist’s fascinating search for peanut butter in India, and how all roads, inevitably, led to Bengal.
6. Before you leave…