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Calcutta Diary

Calcutta Diary A M DO I dare forsake my faith, do you dare forsake yours? Two-thirds of the nation, a minister apologetically confesses in Parliament, have now slipped below the so-called line of poverty. A decade ago, barely one-half were below this line. Nonsense, says the Prime Minister, stepping in to correct her somewhat awestruck colleague: She constantly travels and addresses crowds all over the country and those flocking to her meetings invariably look better fed and better clothed than they did in the past. The public distribution system, you and I see, has all but flopped, which is why fbod prices keep soaring. Nonsense, says the Union Cabinet minister, we are running the show all right

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