Poverty is not the fate of any man, woman or nation. It prevails on account of the policies and systems of governance and the intentions and actions of the government of a state. It is usually a product of fragile and instable system of government. Repeated changes and reshuffles in the ruling set up of the country mostly affect its fortunes. What is poverty? Simply stated, it is lack of food, safe water, reliable healthcare, adequate shelter and basic education. In the words of Nadine Gordimer, winner of Nobel Prize for literature in 1991 "'Poverty has aspects other than lack of bread or rice or maize meal, basics that keep the body alive". In Sindh, those aspects mostly mean unemployment. -DR ALI AKBAR DHAKAN, Karachi, via e-mail, June 1.