HindustanTimes Sat,29 Aug 2015
Gadchiroli: Turning the tide
Kusum Gadpayale, a SEARCH supervisor examines records. Regular supervision and a system of rewards and penalties have ensured SEARCH's success. Photograph by Pramit Bhattacharya  

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.

Tragedy of the absurd

People starve to death in 2010 India. What kind of economic power can live with this shame?

Our Take
The menu’s still a la carte

We are in the process of legislating ourselves a free lunch. The law being drafted traces its roots to court rulings that the right to live is a right to live with human dignity.

Alarming child malnutrition levels in major states

 State % of underweight children % of under-nutritioned children % of hunger deaths under the age of 5
Rajasthan 40.4% 14.0% 8.5%


44.7% 22.3% 6.1%
Madhya Pradesh 59.8% 23.4% 9.4%
Maharashtra 36.7% 27.0% 4.7%
Karnataka 37.6% 28.1% 5.5%
Kerala 22.7% 28.6% 1.6%
West Bengal 38.5% 18.5% 5.9%

Hindustan Times Special
Chronic hunger kills 50 in Orissa district

The district administration is still in denial, so is state revenue minister Surya Narayan Patra. He said, “I have received a report from the Balangir collector on Jhintu Bariha’s family. It says starvation is not the cause of the deaths.” Priya Ranjan Sahu reports.

UNHRC to focus on MP hunger deaths

Deaths due to malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh’s tribal-majority districts are likely to figure in the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s 13th session in Geneva during March 1 to 26.

India 65th on Global Hunger Index for 2009

The report, released on Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute, German aid group Welthungerhilfe and Irish aid group Concern Worldwide said the number of malnourished people was rising as a result of recent events. See graphic