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  • Arjun Janah

    Every person able to read should read this article that Ms. Madhusree Mukerjee has written with such a broad vision and yet with such attention to detail.

    Those who cannot read should ask others who can to read it and explain it to them.

    This is a depressing subject, but the more light one can throw on it, the clearer the enormity of what has been going on for so long becomes. And we then might have a chance of collectively slowing the obvious acceleration of this trend instead of ignoring it or being bamboozled into cheering it on.

    Satyameva jayate–in earnest.

    Thanks, Ms. Mukherjee.

  • Kavita Joshi

    I request Himal to take notice of two important documentaries that u have ignored. And writing about them is something I’m not good at but i recommend/suggest u get someone to review them for ur magazine on the same subject of famine n it’s reasons… 1. Kosi Katha: The Making of a Famine (2009) Jharana Jhaveri The Story of a river and those who tie her down. 33 million people lost their homes, lands n livelihood on 18th Aug 2008 when the barrage on the river Kosi in North India, borderin Nepal broke, with the river changing it’s course by 250 kilometers. It was declared an international Calamity.
    This documentary was made with the view that such disasters do not occur. And if they do then those responsible are not left without being punished and held accountable. It is meant for policy and decision makers across the world. Though it takes the example of Kosi yet it is a story of the attitude planners take towards the planet and communities considered dispensable in the scheme of things.
    It was screened at MIFF 2010.

    2. Life & Freedom by Anurag Singh (India is home to 200 million Starving people, the largest population on the planet. primitive tribal group in Madhya Pradesh, Central India, “primitive” tribes like the Sahariya’s face the worst case of hunger.
    ‘Life and Freedom’ takes a look the nature of this malnutrition.
    it presents two stories,the life of the Sahariya’s who are without forest access,
    and the another primitive tribal group, the Baigas who have won rights to their forest land.
    the film goes beyond hunger to examine malnutrition)

  • Amit Kapur

    Eye Opener … Must read !! thanks

  • Madhusree

    Thanks, Harsh. There is a lot of difference between different states in implementation of PDS, and I believe Chattisgarh has one of the more efficient systems. Also note that this article was actually written a year ago, for the print edition, and has gone online only now, so some things I wrote then are no longer true. For instance, there was a global shortage of food supply last year; what the situation is right now I don’t know.

  • Krushik AV

    Article has given the overall developments in imperialists strategy to suppress the people. Its has a good coverage of information from colonial era to present day. Very informative and eye opening article.

  • Harsh

    Excellent article Madhushree, very riveting! However is it true that ‘…universal Public Distribution System that used to provide cheap food to all having been truncated (at the urging of the World Bank), too few people can now afford to buy the food they need’? I have been working on PDS in Chhatisgarh on a project with the government and World Bank and the push is towards universalizing PDS, with most recipients entitled to much more than they can consume. This has been possible by establishing strong systems of checks and balances that has prevented siphoning of grains at various levels.

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