National Affairs: It Wrings Our Hearts, But

Eight weeks after President Truman's request that 2,000,000 long tons of surplus U.S. grains be sent to India's relief, Congress still hemmed, hawed and stalled. Georgia's Dixiecrat Gene ("Goober") Cox and Ohio's Republican Clarence Brown sat on the bill in the House Rules Committee.

While Congress stood still, India's onrushing famine did not. Grain reserves dwindled, and worried officials got set for a repetition of the great Bengal famine of 1943, when so many people starved to death that no one ever properly estimated their numbers—from 1,000,000 to 5,000,000 people. Red China offered to...

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