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Krishna Kumar Singh, also known among friend circles KK and among close relative Krishna; Matriculation from Mithila High School Balour, Darbhanga in 1959, Graduated in Political Science Honours from C M College, Darbhanga, Bihar University in 1963; Joined post-graduate in Political Science the same year but dropped; joined Naxal movement under Charu Mazumdar, Kanu Sanyal, Satya Narayan Singh and Umadhar Singh in between but circumstances compelled to join literary work, clerk, proof readers etc in different publishing houses for livelihood; Finally joined journalism as career in different English newspapers and before my retirement from active journalism, I worked in The Times of India for about 19 years and retired as Chief Reporter  a few years back; continuing in journalism-reading more and more, writing more and more and praying to Almighty more and more-currently writing for different national English and Hindi dailies and magazines..

Thursday, 30 May 2013


The World as '100' ! An unique concept has been developed as "World as 100 people' in respect of almost parameters including population, health , education, community, religion, poverty, richness etc. That is 'if the world were 100 people"! Such concept has been developed by the website www.100people.org. The website  beautifully illustrates each of statistics. These statistics are powerful learning tools, mainly on the ten areas of critical global concern that affect us all: water, food, transportation, health, economy, education, energy, shelter, war and waste. Currently the world population reached seven-billion mark. It is expected to cross nine billion by 2045. Can the Planet take the strain ? The methodology of determining all these statistics have been wonderfully depicted. The main representing factors are gender, age, geography, religion, first language, overall literacy, literacy by gender, level of education and many others. Data and figure seems to be based on solid, well grounded and are less prone to bias.

The rising population raises serious concern, specially for the marginalised sections living in poorer countries. The richer nations have their own type of problems linked to industrialisation and supersaturated markets while the emerging economies such as India, Brazil and South Africa have been unable or unwilling to spread wealth generated over the past two decades or so equitably. The poor in Asia and Africa lead miserable life. Various studies have suggested that hundreds of millions of population in these countries have absolutely no access to food, water and shelter, leave alone health care and education. Survival rates of women and children are way below the global average. Men have played havoc on the planet by plundering its resources and leaving vast swathes of land polluted and uncultivavable. Huge rush is for urbanisation. The consequences of global warming has become serious in almost all nook and corners of the world.. The world is marked with growing conflicts. Many countries spend their precious resources on weapons rather than food for hungry people. The wealth of the world continues to be in the few hands . And they are selling the false hopes that benefits of rapid growth will trickle down to the poor.

The details of 100 people concepts and statistics are mentioned herein:- Gepgraphical distribution is 15 would be from Africa, 11 would be from Europe, nine would be from Latin America and the Caribbean, five would be from North America and 60 would be from Asia. If the world were 100 people, the gender would be 50 percent women and 50 percent male. One thing in 100 people data and figure is very interesting and revealing:. Christians are majority population in the globe while Muslims are second to Christians in the world.That is followers of religion and their approximate populstion. Thirty-three percent in 100 concept are Christian and Christinity; 22 percent are Muslims and followers of Islam, 14 oercent Hindu; seven are Buddhist and 12 percent believe in other religions (Twelve percent would not be identified themselves as being aligned with a particular faith).

100 peopler concepts has also deliberated literacy and poverty in the globe. 83 would be able to read and write while 17 would nt be able to read and write. Seventy-nine percent females would be able to read and write while 88 males would be able to read and write; twenty-one females would not  be able to read and write and 12 percent males would not be able to read and write. In other aspect of education sector, 76 percent of eligible males would habve a primary school education and 72 percent of eligible females would have a primary school education; 66 percent of eligible nales would have secindary school education and 63 percent of eligible females would have secondary school education. Only seven would have college degreee. About first language, 12 would speak Chinese, five would speak Spanish, five would speak English, three would speak Arabic, three would speak Hindi, three would speak Bengali, three would speak Portuguese, two would speak Russian, two would speak Japanese and 62 would speak other languages.

With regards to poverty 48 percent would live on less that two dollars per day as well as one out of two children would live in poverty. Out of 100, fifteen would be undernourished. With regards to infectious disease one percent would have HIV\AIDS and another one percent would have tuberculosis.Eighty-seven would have access to safe drinking water and 13 would use unimproved water.

Now urban\rural divide:- 51 would be urban dwellers and 49 would be rural dwellers. On electricity front 78 would have electricity and 22 would not have such benefit.  ( In the meantime, the United Nations has launched ambitious programme to make sure that in the world, all will have electricity access by 2030.. A progress report from the International Energy Agency 1.2 billion people around the world are still struck in the dark. Some 1.7 billion people have acquired access to electricity in the world since 1990. while 1.6 billion have access to cleaner cooking fuels) On sanitation: 65 would have improved sanitation and 16 would have no toi;tes and 19 would have unimproved toilets. Regarding technology 75 percent would be cell phone users, 30 would be active internet users and 22 would own or share a computer.

In 2006, only one person out of 100 would have had a college education-today that number has jumped to seven thanks in part to advances in higher education in Asia. Significantly if the world were 100 people, only one would be health worker. That one person might be a doctor or nurse in a developed nation or a midwife or traditional healer in rural community in the developing world.

This 100 people: Through lenss, prepared wonderfully by www.100people.org has described almost all parameters of people of the world in an authentic manner !

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