ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA-The Silent Drought

MAHARASHTRA The Silent Drought I C THERE was a very bizzarre aspect to the contest for Parliamentary seats in Maharashtra last month. The state is in a situation of acute scarcity, following a severe drought. Yet this calamity, which affects over half the state's rural population, was not even discussed, let alone brought to the fore, during the election. Sixty per cent of the 300 talukas in the state, comprising nearly 17,000 villages, are experiencing scarcity. The population affected by it is 19.4 million people and 8.1 million heads of cattle.

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