Ash in the Belly: India's Unfinished Battle Against Hunger
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|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
Mander critically examines the increasing economic inequalities, the range of State failures, and public indifference, in general, and brings out how they have contributed to creating this grim situation. It is simultaneously an investigation into the political economy of hunger, whereby one in every two children is malnourished, despite the creation of wealth and economic growth. While doing so, he argues passionately for the passage of a universal right to food law, which guarantees food to all persons, not as state benevolence but as a legal entitlement. A detailed examination of hunger in India, based on case studies from 10 years of research in 9 states! Ash in the Belly is a penetrating account of men, women and children living with hunger, illuminated by their courage in trying to cope and survive. Compelling and insightful, this book reminds us that the right to food with dignity is indeed the right to life.
Essential, sensitive reading. Hunger is a curse This is an excellent book in many ways. I have worked in the field of nutrition, have travelled in villages, have walked the streets with my camera, and have seen hunger on the streets of India. However, I have not experienced hunger.What Harsh Mander does very well, is that he clearly highlights the issues, and he gives voice to the stories of those who experience hunger every day. This is something that most of us cannot imagine. I have seen cruelty on the streets, I have seen a little girl who's eye was put out because she was not bri. "Important Book on the Persistence of Hunger in India" according to Romi Mahajan. The mainstream (business-driven) press is replete with muscular representations of India as a shining economy which produces billionaires by the bushel; the number of books around India's growth and emergence onto the world economic scene is off the charts. Against this backdrop, Harsh Mander's "Ash in the Belly" is a salutary and needed corrective- despite all the boasts, hundreds of millions of Indians-- rural and urban-- eat less than they did before the advent of liberalization.Hunger has many dimensions - class, caste, gender, locat. Interesting book that will challenge your preconceived assumptions! I started reading this book simply to satisfy my curiosity related to poverty and hunger in India, however Mr. Mander's book converted this exercise into a very thought provoking experience. It never lets you distance yourself from the data and continuously brings to life the real faces behind each data point.I finished this book on my way from Los Angeles to Delhi. Even though I grew up in India and travel there frequently, this time I saw India from Mr. Mander's perspective and a different India came to life. It forced me to realize ho
. He is Director, Centre for Equity Studies, in New Delhi. About the Author Harsh Mander, formerly IAS, now social worker and writer, was a member of the National Advisory Council and special commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case
. He is Director, Centre for Equity Studies, in New Delhi. Harsh Mander, formerly IAS, now social worker and writer, was a member of the National Advisory Council and special commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case