Since the financial crisis at the latest, India has been considered a model market economy. The government in Delhi expects nine percent growth in 2012. But that doesn’t mean fewer people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. At the same time millions of tons of rice and grain are rotting in the open air.
In Punjab alone, a region in the north of the country, more than 100,000 sacks are stored. The grain is rotting and no longer fit for human consumption. The stench is unbearable and vermin are spreading. The fermenting goods are given to wine growers to distil spirits and to livestock breeders as fodder. In the meantime, food prices rose by 60 percent last year.