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Price Of Rice, Price Of Power

P. Sainath in the Hindu

In a complex and layered verdict driven by many factors, one factor seems clear: most governments that stressed welfarist measures — particularly cheap rice and employment — gained in last month’s election results. This was regardless of which party was leading them — the Congress, the BJP, the BJD, the DMK or any other. Some of these measures might not have led to large numbers of people going out to vote for those governments. But they at least lowered hostility levels amongst the voters in a hungry nation. As Madhura Swaminathan points out, the FAO data confirm that “no country comes close to India in terms of the absolute number of people living in chronic hunger.”

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Price Of Rice, Price Of Power
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P. Sainath in the Hindu

In a complex and layered verdict driven by many factors, one factor seems clear: most governments that stressed welfarist measures — particularly cheap rice and employment — gained in last month’s election results. This was regardless of which party was leading them — the Congress, the BJP, the BJD, the DMK or any other. Some of these measures might not have led to large numbers of people going out to vote for those governments. But they at least lowered hostility levels amongst the voters in a hungry nation. As Madhura Swaminathan points out, the FAO data confirm that “no country comes close to India in terms of the absolute number of people living in chronic hunger.”

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