This refers to the brilliant article “How the other half dries” (Feb. 27). More than 7,000 villages in Maharashtra are without water, facing the worst drought since 1972. We have seen television reports on how water riots break out among villagers as soon as they see a water tanker coming. The Congress-NCP government, which is responsible for this dire state of affairs, is doing virtually nothing.
More ironic is the role of the Senas which lose no opportunity to champion the cause of “Marathi Manoos” in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. Are the villagers of the over 7,000 villages lesser ‘sons of the soil?’ Are the Senas not interested in taking up the issue of these Marathi Manoos?
Satya Veer Singh,
The article reiterates the ever increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots in India. What it says is not even the tip of the iceberg. Similar contradictions in India include the problem of unattended sanitation on trains and WiFi in super luxury coaches. We find schools in urban India with smart classrooms while rural areas have teacher-less schools. This is a never-ending hard reality in the so-called mature democracy.
P. Sainath has, in his inimitable and hard hitting style, exposed the emergence of a Potemkin India. The portrayal of Maharashtra holds true for other States which have seen an unprecedented failure of the monsoon. Large-scale diversion of water for industrial use has at least the potential to create jobs but diverting scarce water for commercial crops or developing gated communities with their shimmering swimming pools is unacceptable. It is well known that India is a water stressed country and the situation will only aggravate in future.
Keywords: Maharashtra drought