India’s Food Crises and WWII

CHENNAI, Nov 10:  “I  shuddered  to  see  men,  women  and  children  with  no  flesh  on  their  bodies  and  all  skeletons  as  if  they  were  half  dead”, war historian  Srinath  Raghavan quotes  from  a  letter sent  during  the  Second World War, discussing  the  famines  of  1943-44 in  Travancore. “Not  many people  know  that  Kerala witnessed  the …

The Bengal Famine and World War II

Chennai, Nov 4: The Bengal famine was only an extreme end of the poverty faced by Indians during the Second World War II, according to historian, Dr. Srinath Raghavan. Discussing ‘India’s Long Rise as an Asian Power’ at the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies, Raghavan said that the necessity of building a war economy to…