Many Faces of Poverty

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Shayan M. Tha­rani, Karachi, Pak­istan.

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.

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