India: The Folly of Others

India's Minister of Food Chidambaram Subramaniam flew into Washington last week on an urgent mission that may mean life or death for thousands of his countrymen. He came to appeal for tons more of U.S. food to help India stave off what threatens to be its worst food crisis in two decades. With Subramaniam came assurances from Prime Minister Lai Bahadur Shastri that India, after years of giving top priority to industrialization, will put more emphasis on agriculture in the new five-year plan that begins in April, and will spend $11 billion for fertilizer, farm machinery, irrigation, and better...