Dr. Binayak Sen has recently been touring the country, speaking to various audiences about a problem that has kept him pre-occupied for a number of years - the problem of chronic hunger and malnutrition, which has become more widespread since 1991, and has reached what Binayak regards (using UN criteria and definitions) as potentially genocidal proportions for vulnerable sections of the people, such as scheduled castes and tribes. They are related to a more recent concern of his since his release on bail: to highlight the need for a peaceful resolution to the problem of maoist and state violence.
The problem of the enforced displacement of the most vulnerable people in terms of chronic hunger is seen at its most acute in districts like Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. This displacement has been taking place for some time - earlier under the Salwa Judum movement, now under the military Operation Green Hunt, ostensibly to combat maoist guerillas who have managed to establish bases among the tribal communities and instituted their own forms of governance in defiance of the state. Apparently it is not a coincidence that the most violent displacements have been occurring where international and domestic mining and mineral corporations have been interested in setting up operations.
In an interview with Norman Swan of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation at the time of his keynote address to an international symposium at CMC Vellore, Binayak speaks at length about his confluent concerns about displacement and hunger. He also reports on his still continuing trial, and the effect of his two year ordeal on his personal life.