10 Disastrous droughts
"Are droughts here to stay?" asked our cover story dated June 1-15, 1992. That was the year when large parts of the country were grappling with drought, despite almost normal rainfall. Since then, drought has gripped some or the other part of the country almost every year. Through articles and editorials, DownToEarth has warned time and again that we must manage our water resources and introduce better coping mechanisms to avert such disasters ("Standing the test of drought", January 1-15, 2000; "Bleak future", October 16-31, 2001). But the government has failed to drought-proof our agriculture and economy.