Tuesday, 3 March 8:30pm
In the final episode of ‘India Reborn: Mother India’, food is shown to both unite and segregate people. Farmers grow 60% of the country’s wheat and 40% of its rice on 1.5% of India’s land. Water and farmland are becoming scarce – how will future generations survive if the water dries up?
India is described as the diabetic capital of the world. According to the World Health Organisation, India has 41 million diabetics, even more than China. The disease was long considered a problem for the wealthy. It is now estimated that in 20 years, there will be 70 million diabetics in India. According to a local doctor, “Putting on weight is seen as a good sign, but we are escalating from one area of malnutrition to another, in a period of five to ten years.”
Cooking can also fuel caste prejudices. A woman tried to get a job cooking meals, but kids from a higher caste system refused to eat the food she prepared. As part of another generation learns how food can be used to divide, the food that nourishes mother India might also eventually bring this society closer together.