Foreign News: Peasant Against Famine

Food is the overwhelming problem of India. Many an Indian cabinet minister has staked his reputation on solving the food problem, and has lost. But bouncing, brawny Sadashiv Kanoji Patil, 59, is a maverick among the elite who have largely staffed the echelons of India's government since independence.

Patil is a peasant's son who has seen hunger himself. After an apprenticeship as a reporter, he plunged into the rough-and-tumble of Bombay politics, was the city's undisputed political boss for years before he ran for mayor and won. He had nothing in common with Brahmin aristocrats such as Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru....

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