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Rural tragedy

Print edition : March 04, 2016

At Kaudiya village in Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh. Women sitting around the only tube well in the village, waiting for the groundwater to accumulate before they can draw water. A jar of water requires a wait of at least three hours. Photo: Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashanta

At Chandrapur in Lalitpur district, Uttar Pradesh, elders who remained in the village after their families were forced to migrate in seach of livelihood. Photo: AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA

Successive years of drought and crop failure across India’s landmass push rural society into distress and disharmony and government measures fall far short of what the scale of the disaster demands.

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