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

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Bihar Famine, 1966-67 and Maharashtra Drought, 1970-73-The Demographic Consequences

Bihar Famine, 1966-67 and Maharashtra Drought, 1970-73 The Demographic Consequences Tim Dyson Arup Maharatna This paper compares the demographic consequences of the food crises in Bihar in 1966-67 and Maharashtra in 1970-73 in the light of recent writings by Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen, It argues that while the available data show little sign of excess mortality in Bihar, we probably cannot exclude this possibility Certainly, mortality appears to have risen in the districts of southern Bihar, which were also those most affected by production failure.

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