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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014
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Trial by fire
(File Photo) Activists are pushing for food entitlement to all under the proposed National Food Security Bill.

Lessons from Melghat's health crisis

Hatru village
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.
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Lessons from Melghat's health crisis

Hatru village
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
6kg at 4 yrs: Starving city boy loses sight

malnutrition
Just over four years old, Surya Mariappa from Santacruz weighs only six kilos – half the weight of healthy children his age. Admitted to civic-run Sion hospital, the child lost his eyesight after a long period of near starvation, Priyanka Vora reports.
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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.
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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%

Gujarat

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%
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