A year ago, when the nation celebrated its maiden Olympics, there was a lot of talk about the coronavirus pandemic and what to expect.
“We will never forget the Olympic legacy,” wrote a friend of mine, who did not want to be named.
“It will never be forgotten.”
I wrote back, “Yes, but it won’t be forgotten in this country.”
A month after the opening ceremony, India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, won gold for the men’s team.
He’s now the richest man in the world.
This year’s edition was the biggest ever, attracting more than 3.5 billion viewers, more than three times as many as the opening night of the 2012 Games in Beijing.
India’s president, Manmohan Singh, is the most powerful person in the country.
He has been in power for less than two years, but he’s already seen his country fall victim to the coronovirus pandemics that have hit many other countries.
I saw a few moments of panic as the games began.
A woman with a baby in her arms ran down the aisle, as if to avoid being seen by her mother.
And people, I was told, were jumping on each other and breaking into uncontrollable laughter, as though a large crowd of people were laughing at each other.
The mood changed quickly.
After a short ceremony, the Indian flag was lowered and the crowd cheered.
People were celebrating, and it seemed as if everyone was ready to go home.
After the ceremony, I walked to the main Olympic stadium, and the mood turned festive.
Everyone was having fun, and everyone was happy.
But the mood was changing fast.
The crowds were shrinking, and I started to feel worried.
India is the largest economy in the subcontinent, and its citizens have been forced to cope with a rapid shift in their economic fortunes.
The coronaviral pandemic has left the poorest and most vulnerable in India struggling.
As many as 90% of India’s poor are still living in poverty.
Millions of people, particularly women and children, are struggling to find enough food.
The government has implemented a food rationing program.
India has a record of under-reporting deaths.
In the past few weeks, I have been visiting villages and talking to villagers.
I can hear them struggling to make ends meet.
“I have no money, so I have to beg for money from friends and relatives,” said Anupam, a widow, sitting in her home in the state of Gujarat.
“People who have money don’t give it back.”
A family member gave her a food tin to give her to eat.
Anup, who lives alone, has been struggling for months to get food.
Her husband has given her a one-way ticket to travel to London.
But he won’t give her money, either.
“How can I pay my travel expenses if I don’t have money to eat?” she said.
She said she and her husband, a truck driver, have been in a constant struggle.
They have been working, but the money they earn doesn’t cover their basic needs.
“Food is the only thing that I have left for my family,” she said, her eyes filled with tears.
“This is the worst year of my life.”
The Indian government is trying to make a difference.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Manmukesh Singh Lekhi announced that the government would distribute food aid to people who are living in extreme poverty.
The scheme has already reached a quarter of the country’s 3.4 billion people.
But it hasn’t been enough.
People in the poorest parts of the state are already struggling to survive.
Many of them have no access to a doctor.
They are also unable to get basic medical services, such as vaccines.
India doesn’t have a universal basic income, which was developed in the United States to provide basic economic assistance to the poor.
In India, a basic income is a social safety net that provides an income to the poorest citizens.
In a typical month, the government collects $7.8 billion in food assistance.
It also provides nearly $5 billion a year in food subsidies to the state governments.
That’s the most of any of the countries in the World Bank’s World Development Indicators.
“If there’s not enough food to go around, there’s a lot more people to fall into poverty,” said the World Food Program’s Anand Kumar, who is also the executive director of the India Center for Health Security, an organization that works to help people in India.
It is estimated that up to 50 million Indians are living below the poverty line, according to the World Health Organization.
India already spends $2 billion a month to feed its poor, with the vast majority of that money going to the rural poor.
But Kumar said the country needs more help, as