Chapter 3

NCERT
Class 9
Economics
Solutions
1. Some people say that the Bengal famine happened because there was a shortage of rice. Study the table and find out whether you agree with the statement?

Question:

Some people say that the Bengal famine happened because there was a shortage of rice. Study the table and find out whether you agree with the statement?

Answer:

No, I do not agree that the Bengal famine happened due to a shortage of rice. From the table, the availability was much higher than in 1941, although lower than 1942. However, there can be a number of other causes like improper distribution, poor carryover stocks due to less production in 1941, malnutrition or disease, etc.

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