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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Tracking Hunger

Lessons from Melghat's health crisis

At a time when India plans a multi-pronged attack on malnutrition in 200 high-burden districts, it will pay to examine the cracks in state institutions that have led to past failures and can still derail well-intentioned plans. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. Pics

Tracking Hunger

Since March 2010, in what is now one of the most in-depth editorial projects in Indian journalism, Hindustan Times has sent reporters across the nation to investigate and chronicle the depth of the issues that make India one of earth's most unequal nations: hunger and poverty. Reported from cities, streets, villages, court rooms and government offices, nearly 100 stories have tracked hunger and examined policies, finances and implementation failures. As India's food-security situation continues to be "alarming", according to the Global Hunger Index rankings for 2011, and as a national debate grows over how many Indians are poor, HT strengthens the "Tracking Hunger" series by focusing on the main effect of poverty - malnutrition.

A bad return on investment

Why the world's largest child-welfare scheme cannot stop children dying from malnutrition in India's city of gold. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. Listen to podcastpodcast

Fortifying our future

India, like much of South Asia, needs strong political will to ensure adequate nutrition for all, writes Kalpana Kochhar.


‘Destitutes’ to benefit from tweaked food security bill

The government will redraft the food security bill on the recommendations of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to widen its reach, particularly among special populations. Some original provisions that had been pared down are back on the menu. Zia Haq reports.

Widening the scope

Tribals hungry as Congress-ruled Centre, Rajasthan squabble

Rs. 72 crore fund meant to stop chronic malnutrition and hunger deaths among the state’s 90,000 Sahariya tribals unspent or used for welfare of officials. Srinand Jha reports. 

Among the Sahariyas, India falls apart

The Congress rules state and centre, but money set aside for Rajasthan's malnourished tribal children does not reach dysfunctional crèches and other urgent needs. Srinand Jha reports. See full coverage

It can happen in India

A determined bureaucrat re-imagined government to show how India's dismal malnutrition statistics can be improved without great cost. All it requires-a plan, innovation and great commitment. Pramit Bhattacharya reports.

Gadchiroli's trudging doctors spell hope

One of India's most backward districts and Maharashtra's worst ranked in human development indicators, Gadchiroli, today finds itself at the forefront of a healthcare revolution that can potentially save millions of infant lives. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. Pics

Fighting against starvation

India contributes more hungry people to the world each year than all other countries put together, and despite efforts, new figures suggest that hunger is far from contained - in fact we are worse off than we were more than a decade ago.
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