• Noda, Chiba


In his Sept. 10 letter, “Hardly a Western phenomenon,” Barry Ward said things I wanted to say (with regard to the Bengal Famine in 1943). However, both he and Dipak Basu, author of the Aug. 27 letter “Who represents the Western spirit?,” missed one very important point: Despite there still being plenty of rice in Bengal and despite major efforts by the British, much of the food in the area was hoarded by richer Bengali farmers!

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