Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
3) Do you agree that the recent Muzaffarpur litchi incident is more of a manifestation of already present hunger and malnutrition conditions of Bihar rather than mere consumption of litchi fruit or failure of health facilities to address the incidence? Critically analyse.(250 words)
Why this question:
An unexplained illness in children aged 15 years and younger in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, which claims many lives in May-June, has been solved. Scientists from the U.S. and India have found that consumption of litchi fruit and skipping evening meal can result in very low blood glucose level (less than 70 mg/dL) and acute encephalopathy that provokes seizures and coma, and causes death in many cases.
Key demand of the question:
However, the key reason behind such an incident happens to be the prevailing hunger and poverty conditions of the region rather than the etymology presented by the toxins in the fruit.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with brief narration of the incidence of Bihar.
Discussion should include the following:
Main content of the answer should focus on the link between the incidence and hunger vis-à-vis malnourishment of the population of the region. Explain how health facilities can not address or fail in such situations as the root cause of the issue is hidden and is mainly the hunger.
Conclude that to resolve such a issue, the government must focus on eradicating the root cause – hunger and malnutrition.