Sahiba Khan

June 28, 2019 · 3 min read •
The author is an Engineering Student

Is only the government responsible for uplifting the underprivileged? Do we common people hold no responsibility? When any news related to any problem in an area is telecasted, the first thing we do is to blame the government. The question remains, till what extent is this blame game justified. As a citizen, we are offered rights along with duties, but usually we acknowledge the rights and overlook the duties.

We say numerous things without any repercussions justifying it as our freedom of speech, but are we ready to be the change that we want to see? Are we open to recommendations that are needed to bring those changes?

“Over 20 crore Indians will sleep hungry tonight”

“Hunger is the number one cause of death in India”

“India has 212 million undernourished people”

All these facts are said several times on various platforms.

Can’t we do anything at a personal level? Is it so difficult to provide something as basic as healthy food? This statement is often heard “how can I help them?“. Well  “Everything is possible“ ain’t just a phrase.


It is a really common practice to store surplus cooked vegetables in a refrigerator and then throwing them away after two to three days. Instead of throwing them away can’t we simply go out and give it to someone who cannot afford it. Wherever you are, you are never as far as a kilometre away from a person who is undernourished or sleeping on an empty stomach as he can’t earn enough.

In India, there are numerous educational institutions. Students from outstation live in hostels where food is cooked for minimum three times. It’s practically impossible to consume all of these food prepared. So, what exactly do we do with the leftover?  It’s a legit question to ask. We throw it off? Or, we let it sit on storage spaces and then throw it away? Is it not possible to feed it to someone? Can’t we manage to supply the surplus to the needy?


“Who will take the responsibility of supplying?”. This is a crucial question but there are many students in hostels who’d love to volunteer. All we need are sublime perseverance and will to do.

There are already several organizations working in this area. One among them – “The Robin Hood Army” works with the motto “serve the hungry citizen” and are already working successfully in 103 cities with thousands of volunteers. So, if you were thinking where to start from, this might be the right place for you.

“Be the change you want to see”

Government is not responsible for everything, stop blaming and start working.

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