From the States

Despair & death

Print edition : March 04, 2016

At Bhadauna village in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh in the Bundelkhand region, women show the fodder that they consume to survive the drought. Photo: Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta

Uncultivated fields in Hamirpur district in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA

Ajay, Teeja and Banarasi. Photo: Divya Trivedi

Worried farmers on their parched land at Gaawar village in Hisar district in Haryana. Photo: T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

A resident of Gaawar showing the gram sprout that withered owing to lack of moisture in the soil. Photo: T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

Land lying fallow in Rajgarh, Churu district, Rajasthan, owing to the scarcity of water. Until last year, the land had yielded gram. Photo: T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

Pushpanjali, the wife of Thikadar Sahu of Tungibandhli village in Bargarh district of Odisha. Thikadar killed himself because of debt and crop failure. The district administration which conducted an inquiry into the death reported that he took the extreme step because he was an alocholic. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Lakshman lake in Chintapatla. Photo: KUNAL SHANKAR

Raghavendra Hullepa examines his failed cotton crop at Hanchinal village in Yadgir district. Photo: VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED

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