Osmani - Hunger
in South Asia: A study in contradiction (Essay)
- Post-colonial South Asia has effectively chacked famine but lags
behind Sub-Saharan Africa in countering malnutrition.
Gonsalves - The right to eat (Essay)
- The replacement of the colonial Famine Codes by poorly deployed
schemes which offer less support to the hungry has worsened their
Shiva Kumar - Working lunches (Essay) -
There are obvious links connecting education with nutrition, and a
cooked midday meal scheme is about the best way to guarantee both.
Baldev Vaid - Bhookh aag hai (Playscript)
- The acclaimed Left Hindi play satirising a nouveau riche society
that does not quite remember what hunger is, though they see it every
time they step out of their homes.
Narayana Pillai - The thief (Short fiction) -The
author, who died in 1998, reinvented the Malayalam short story and
was one of the most energetic influences in the genre. Translated
from the Malayalam.
Hossain - Leaving home
(Short fiction) - Foremost
among the women writers of Bangladesh, the author is director of the
Bangla Academy in Dhaka. Translated from the Bengali.
- New world disorder (Review
essay ) - 'The exuberance exhibited by the US
economy after 1993 came to an end in late 2000, making it a less attractive
role model. Simultaneously, several statistical skeletons have tumbled
out, casting doubt on the earlier euphoria.'
Chopra - No charity, please (Essay)-
Dealing with hunger is not a priority for the Indian state. Its interest
is the promotion of demand-driven agricultural production.
Panicker -In God's own country
- Starvation is a routine feature of life in parts
of Kerala, but talking about it is a no-no.
Dutt - The killing fields (Reportage)
- The Green Revolution which brought prosperity to the farmers of
Punjab is now driving them to suicide.
N. Daruwalla - The death of distinctions (Poetry) -
'When hunger rages,/ there is no other lion in the Colossuem...'
Dev Sen - Childspeak (Poetry) -
'Whenever I see you/ That exiled, homeless street-child within me/
Starved for days/ Makes a great clamour/ Millions of lice under her
matted hair/ Blood oozing from her chapped skin/ Her cries scare the
neighbourhood crows away…'
Ray - Poverty line (Poetry) -
'I was merely poor, very poor./ I had nothing to eat/ No clothes to
hide my shame/ No roof over my head./ You, the very sould of benevolence/
You came to me and said:/ "No, 'poor' is an ugly word,/ It robs
people of human dignity,/ No, you're actually poverty-stricken"…'
Mapping India- Sucheta
Vemuri makes sense of the Indian census data. Pratik
Kanjilal gets mad about custom trainers and duck soup.
Unni Rajen Shanker draws his