[Marxism] India: Dealing with Monsoon Failure

Politicus E. epoliticus at gmail.com
Sun Sep 6 19:14:33 MDT 2009

The following editorial was published in the Economic & Political
Weekly (Vol. 44, no. 35).  I give an extract below; the entire article
is available at http://epw.in/epw/user/userindexHome.jsp


Besides coping with the drought of 2009, strategies to live with
monsoon failure need to be formulated.

The revival of the 2009 south-west monsoon over the past 10 days in
many parts of the country comes too late to save the kharif crop in
the 246 districts that have been identified as drought-affected. The
recent rains may help somewhat in augmenting drinking water supplies,
in increasing the
availability of fodder and in improving moisture content for a
reasonable rabi crop, but the challenge of coping with what is likely
to end up as a severe drought is still with us. The 25% deficiency in
rainfall as of 26 August is larger than the shortfall in the last
three major droughts (1979, 1987 and 2002), when the overall gap was

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