Drought But Why – How In­dia can fight the scourge by aban­don­ing drought re­lief

Sustainabilitynext - - Bookshelf - Fore­word by Su­nita Narain

Dur­ing 2014-2017 In­dia was shaken by se­vere spells of drought that hit over 500 mil­lion peo­ple across geo­graph­i­cal re­gions. Un­like in the past, th­ese droughts did not spare the ur­ban ar­eas; metropoli­tan cities like Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru de­clared water emer­gency and sev­eral towns re­sorted to water ra­tioning.

“Drought But Why?” ex­am­ines how an oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ard has turned into a hu­man-made dis­as­ter of un­man­age­able pro­por­tion since or­ga­nized agri­cul­ture be­gan some 10,000 years ago. The book also delves into the ex­pe­ri­ences of sev­eral vil­lages in chronic drought-prone ar­eas of the coun­try that re­main un­af­fected by the scourge.

Th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences show that In­dia is a vic­tim of its own pol­icy that re­volves around drought re­lief in­stead of work­ing to­wards re­lief from drought in the long run. Th­ese vil­lages of­fer the new com­mand­ments for drought man­age­ment.

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