Neither the Reza nor the new formed government, but hunger is the king. Discuss this statement with close reference to the short story ‘Hunger’ by Nasira Sharma.
Nasira Sharma has depicted the poverty and hunger prevalent in the developing societies through her story ‘Hunger’. We see Kasim, a rag seller living a hard life with his income of five hundred rupees a month. His father was a daily wage earner who relied on physical labour. Kasim’s profession has changed but the way of living, the hunger has not. He has no education. He even has no faith in such things. Kasim has chosen to introduce his son into his work when he is five. He has been deceived before and so does not believe in promises of help from the government or a loan from the bank. We come to know that he has no home and so cannot provide an address to Rizwan.
Unlike Kasim, his interviewer Rizwan is an educated man, but still struggling to get a job. His father had died years before and brothers were forced to drop out. His mother is ill back home. We come to know that he has not eaten anything since the morning. So, education has failed to address his poverty, his hunger. That is why he puts his own name and address on Kasim’s interview. He found no difference in his condition from that of Kasim.
Poverty is not the lone problem here, the growing population, illiteracy, ignorance, joblessness, lack of ambition, moral degradation etc. have made it complicated. The lack of an ordered system in distributing resources and greed of a few privileged people are prominent here. That is why the problems of poverty and hunger have been more or less common to all economies. Neither religious organization, nor the governments can address these issues completely. ‘Hunger’ seems to defy all in Nasira Sharma’s story.