Many Faces of Poverty
Poverty is defined differently
in many societies. Prevailing in Nepal since ages, poverty has been a subject of repeated debates and consternation in the country. For some people, the lack of access to food leads to poverty while others view deep-seated poverty as a state of both material and social deprivation that reduces one to a mere street urchin, making one leading a life of a nomad and that too in the presence of so-called government apparatus. In Nepal, poverty can also be viewed in a number of other forms since many people in the country have been leading a miserable life despite living in their own houses and many of them judge themselves as poor in spite of being able to feed themselves three times a day. This widely-held perception is alarming and it truly exposes the multifaceted nature of poverty, which is well beyond satiated hunger and worldly possessions.