December 21, 2009
Rising food prices punish rich and poor in India

The Indian government says food prices have increased almost 20 percent over last year, reaching a 10-year high. And that is adversely affecting India’s population of more than one billion people.

Worldfocus producers Mary Lockhart and Ara Ayer and correspondent Daljit Dhaliwal reported on the food crisis from the slums to high-rise buildings outside of Delhi in a Worldfocus Signature story first aired late last year.

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#7

In World War II the US was in India. Small Pox breaks out, so the US military teams gets to work by giving out Small Pox vaccine to stop the spread of this diease. Thousands would have been saved from dieing if the local goverment did not stop them from giving out shots to everyone. The main reason was the lack of food to feed everyone. Plagues that used to run lose inthe country has been stopped, but the human growth has not stopped. People have not been allow to die in a normal way. The goverment can not deport enough of its citzens fast enough to feed everyone. Let North America lose a soybean and wheat crop for one year and the death toll in India will be a mass die off. India like China has put themselves into that condition. To many people to feed, not enough food.

#6

India at present facing high food inflation scenario and there is no one to look after. Today people’s general thinking is that if only one person (Read Politician) Mr. Sharad Pawar - (Presently Agriculture,food and distribution Minister)goes than India will be automatically become secure, safe and self dependent by every mean… yes… by every point of view. take the example of 26/11 case. People of India thinking that KASAB is More safer than any Indians on Indian soil. what great tragedy???

#5

True story about india inflation today. The politician governing body current basic lies. The goverment run low prices sto res does not reach to people everyday. The food sales to regular stores owners. I have seen channel 9 gujarat. This is not new inflation every years years.The SOLUTION CHANGE GOVERMENT RUN. FIRST RUN ALIKE ELECT PRIMMINISTER AND PRESIDENT BUY AMERICAN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHERE PRESIDENT GET ELECTED BY DIRECT. THIS WAY INDIA WILL MORE FAIR AND SECURE AND INFLATION WILL GO DOWN. THE POLITICAIN WILL NOT MAKE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY MAKES MONEY ELIMINATES. INDIA MUST GET RID OF CHIEF MINISTER EACH STATES REPLACE GOVERNOR DIRECT ELECT BUY PEOPLE SO NOT EVERY YEAR ELECTION AND SAVES MONEY AND PROGRESS INDIA IF FOLLOW THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SYSTEMS. I AM VERY SADEN BY THIS STORY BUY NO POLITICAN WAS INTERVIES STORY. THE CURRENT GOVERMENT MUST CHANGE.

#4

In India, political influnce and politically motivated agri policies is the key reason for high prices and high food inflation. Indian govt has never taken effective steps to sustain agri production or for increased the production. On paper we see so many scheme for rural developement, agriculture but unfortunately all (A lot of Money) money spend on schemes, not sowing the result. in 2007-2008 India produce 263 lac tonnes of sugar and very next year 2008-2009 it produce only 146 lac tonnes.this year (2009-2010) initially it was expected 190 to 195 lac tonnes and now it is expected below 150 lac tonnes. this indicate there is no proper coordination between the diferant diferant govt ministry/dept. There is no authentic fixed data available and there for India is always under trouble atleast in the matter of agriculture produce. today india import 80 lac tonnes of edible oil, this year it may import 70 lac tonnes of sugar, 30 lac tonnes of pulses but it is not able to influance the world market and become market price maker.. on the other hand China can today turned the world market by effective their trading practise.

#3

Food, Shelter, Clothing, Medical Care and Education: These are the five fundmental human necessities. It is the duty of the Human society to make sure that no one is left behind. A true Human society does not yet exist, but by trying to secure these basic human rights we will make progress toward the dawn of the new day.

#2

This gross subcutaneous reiterated storyline shouts outs obscenities,tethered to social/moral inequities,… aristocrat elitism blindly wassailing the commoners newly found poverty via the democratic(sadly there is no grey area,just a trail of mired tears)social agenda. I must in all good-conscious ask myself,(Gandhi arrested 1942-demands independence/Gandhi assasinated 1948/India adopts it’s constitution as a sovereign Federal Republic)what would Gandhi do if he were alive today,and see the wickedness of the English ways,trumped by the very people he gave his life for? Sometimes in life you must throw enough mud at a wall for it to eventually stick,…? Thanks Worldfocus especially Ms. Daljit Dhaliwal for this wonderful,and timely journalistic report.

#1

I believe this is the third time this story has aired. While I do enjoy watching Worldfocus, the occasional repeat of an old story is a bit much. This story could have been updated with some background on India’s agricultural policies or how climate change effects the plight of India’s farmers.

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