ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Famine of 1943 in Vikrampur Dacca

Famine of 1943 in Vikrampur Dacca Asok Mitra Colonial policies in Bengal were at the root of the disastrous famine of 1943. The Denial and Evacuation policies implemented the year before with such ruthlessness only resulted in creating an artificial scarcity situation in some areas and sent the prices shooting up. The cyclone of 1942 made matters worse. Moreover, the British administrators suppressed all news of the situation for a long time. This is a vivid personal account of the famine as seen through the eyes of an administrator serving in Vikrampur, now in Bangladesh, during the famine and after THE Cripps mission had strengthened my antipathy to Amery, Linlithgow and Herbert and made me apprehensive of the future. Somehow I gained the impression that they were a bunch of crooks

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