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Mirage 2000

Populism sucks the earth dry as lopsided modernity displaces traditional water sciences. Vast multitudes across India bear the brunt.

Mirage 2000
Mirage 2000
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Into the new millennium and the worst-ever drought in the past 100 years. The well-chronicled modernity of India notwithstanding, the country today faces the ravages of extreme water shortage which has spread like an epidemic through fives states-Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra. In Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, there are districts without water as are some states in the country’s northeast. With water reservoirs getting shallower as the summer mounts, the absence of monsoon this year could push India’s agriculture down into a precipice.

In 1660, an administrative measure taken by Maharaja Raj Singh of Mewar endeared him to his subjects. On his insistence, the huge Rajasamand Lake came into existence. The king had wanted a lake that would help his kingdom tide over scarcity of water and avoid drought and famine. Not only did the lake protect his kingdom from nature’s capricious ways then, but was a source of succour later for at least three or four districts of Rajasthan right up to modern times.

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