India: Another Kind of Hunger

Chinese troops still rumble along the Himalayan frontier, and occasional Pakistanis still talk of another round over disputed Kashmir. But for all that border belligerence, India faces a far more dangerous internal enemy. Famine is a perennial threat to the country's swiftly expanding population. This year only a record harvest augmented by huge shipments of American grain prevented mass starvation. But former Food Minister Chidambaram Subramaniam sees signs of hope. His country's agricultural skills are improving, he told the World Food Crisis Committee in Washington last week, and there is a real chance...

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