has seen a steep and unprecedented fall in per capita
foodgrains absorption in the course of the last five
years (1998 to 2003). This has lead to a sharp increase
in the numbers of people in hunger, particularly in
rural areas. Meanwhile, a worsening situation is being
interpreted as betterment because, as this paper argues,
the diagnosis of the problem of hunger itself is incorrect.
Thus, no remedial measures can be expected of the policy
advisers and the rulers of this country which was once
a developing economy, but which has been turned into
the Republic of Hunger.