INDIA: Death by Hunger

To the House of Commons India Secretary Leopold Stennett Amery, redundant master of officialese, declared last week: "There is no famine [in India] and no widespread prevalence of acute shortage."

In Nasik, near Bombay, angry mobs seized grain; police and soldiers were ordered to shoot without warning. At Jhansi a man was trampled to death by a crowd trying to buy grain. In New Delhi India's Food Minister N. R. Sarker said that supplies would be procured from inside and outside the country by Government agencies which would have control over purchase and distribution. Government price ceilings on wheat would...

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