Describing real-life scenes from Bengal famine, Brigg’s, a British United Press New Delhi correspondent in a newspaper in September 1942 wrote: “At least 150 people are dying daily in Calcutta from starvation and the accompanying diseases of cholera and dysentery, “In a sunrise walk, I found people dead on the pavement by the dozens. Thousands more may die before they gather the harvest in. I saw children with bloated, empty stomachs, mothers whose breasts had collapsed, men wailing the one word that means the unattainable – rice. I saw scenes of slow death.”

 

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