Rain­ing Trou­ble

India Today - - MAIL -

The mon­soons ap­pear to have aban­doned In­dia this year (“Modi Faces Po­lit­i­cal Drought”, Au­gust 6). For farm­ers throughout the coun­try, and es­pe­cially in Gu­jarat, the lack of rain is caus­ing huge dam­age to their crops. Al­though the weather is not in Naren­dra Modi’s con­trol, the fate of his state is. Modi is at a dis­ad­van­tage be­cause a ma­jor­ity of his min­is­ters are from ur­ban ar­eas and at present, he needs min­is­ters with a sound un­der­stand­ing of ru­ral ar­eas who know how to pacify the farm­ers. Modi’s op­po­nents are at­tack­ing him and his min­is­ters mer­ci­lessly, while dis­con­tent in ar­eas such as Saurash­tra is ris­ing. In­spite of these ad­verse cir­cum­stances, Modi still has a chance to re­deem him­self by en­sur­ing that the drought, if it ar­rives, is tack­led ef­fi­ciently and suc­cess­fully. G. K MO­HAN, Lucknow

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