India: The Sounds of Hunger

Indira Gandhi had promised that she would follow the same policies as her predecessor, and last week, as she was sworn in as India's new Prime Minister, she seemed firmly on Lal Bahadur Shastri's path. Her Cabinet retained all of Shastri's key ministers, and she vowed in her inaugural broadcast that her "first duty" would be the same as Shastri's: to find more food for India's 480 million people, who face famine in the months ahead.

Hardly had she spoken when the food problem exploded with violent rioting in desperately poor Kerala state on India's southern tip. Originally, all Kerala's political...

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