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Palate for a better planet

india Updated: Jul 09, 2008 20:28 IST

In his classic ditty on the world’s do-gooders, Ross Coggins says:

“We discuss malnutrition over steaks/And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks/Whether Asian flood or African drought/We face each issue with an open mouth.”

At the ongoing G8 summit, leaders have shown us a new meaning of putting our money where their mouth is. They have been fortifying themselves to deal with the global food crisis with such necessities like caviar, smoked salmon and conger eel to name just a few things on the several-course menus. Now, to some, this may seem obscene. But then, it is not you and I who have to take world-changing decisions like which war to start. This sort of intellectual exercise calls for more than your ordinary rice- curry or takeaway noodles. People in the countries of many of the leaders at the summit have a bone to pick with them. So, in order to dish out the appropriate solutions, it is vital that they figure these out bit by bite.

Don’t forget, India is at the high table too even though Prime minister Manmohan Singh has more on his plate at home than he can handle after the Left stuck the knife into him. But it is clear that for Mr Singh, all will turn out well in due course, even between the courses. And maybe the Left will get its just desserts.