Today we would like to suggest you to read the following article, written by Yogendra Yadav, a politician, psephologist and academic active in politcs and social sciences. He is associated with the apolitical organization Swaraj Abhiyan, which begun in 2015 and he is the national convener of Jai Kisan Andolan, a public movement promoting farmers rights in India.

What the article stresses is the critical situation farmers must face in many rural areas of India, involving not only landless but also landowners, who are increasingly driven towards big cities in search of daily wage jobs. This is due to persistent droughts, which are becoming far more severe due to climate change.

The article also observes that the problem is not sufficiently addressed by the media, which are more prone to talk about extremely intense weather events, rather than prolonged ones like those represented by droughts:

This is when we learnt the hard truth: drought is not glamorous. Unlike floods, it does not yield powerful television footage. Images of parched fields, the cliche of drought reporting, are exceptions rather than the rule. Unlike earthquakes, it doesn’t happen in a single stroke. No breaking news, therefore. Rather a gradual, continuous unfolding. It’s cruelly selective, almost Darwinian: it quietly grabs the poorest, the most vulnerable. Calamities and accidents get their stage time on the basis of how much we can empathise. Turns out not a huge amount for  much of the Indian middle class.

The article also highlights the inadequacy of the measures undetaken by the government to sustain people and animals facing food depletion.

The full article can be read here

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/the-footsteps-of-a-famine/296549