A Drought’s Vic­tims

Newsweek International - - CONTENTS - VIPIN KU­MAR

A farmer from Tamil Nadu wears hu­man skulls dur­ing a demon­stra­tion in the cap­i­tal on Novem­ber 30—a stark drama­ti­za­tion of the coun­try’s agrar­ian cri­sis. The state is fac­ing its worst drought in 140 years; the rains stopped in 2014, driv­ing a spike in sui­cides among farm­ers. An es­ti­mated 15,000 pro­test­ers con­verged on the Ramlila Maidan gath­er­ing grounds to de­mand debt re­lief and bet­ter crop prices.

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