CHENNAI, India — India is still hungry 62 years after it was freed from the British colonial yoke. The Global Hunger Index for 2009 places India at a low 65th, with the far more populous China doing much better. While China has reduced the number of “hungry” people by 58 million during the past decade, India’s number has risen by 30 million since the mid-1990s.

Although India’s hunger is no longer related to the famines and food shortages that plagued the country before independence (the last major famine was in 1943), out of a population of at least 1 billion, 240 million (21 percent) go to bed hungry night after night.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.