The Mumbai farmer protest and Winston Churchill's odiousness serve to remind us that agriculture remains a precarious livelihood in India
In November 1943, as Bengal was still reeling under the effects of the famine, anthropologists from the University of Calcutta realized that little was being done to capture the impact of the starvation on the lives of Bengal’s villages. These were the communities that bore the brunt of the famine, as millions died and hundreds of thousands of families migrated in search of food. Yet, even as colonial authorities at various levels of government dealt with the problem at the “aggregate" level, no one had thought of going into these villages and taking stock of life before and after the famine. The anthropologists perhaps reckoned that very soon the window of opportunity to capture reliable data would close.
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