Local legends, loud and proud.
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Children are bearing the brunt.
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‘If the MP appears, we’ll beat him up. And then we'll ask, “Who the hell are you?"’
Is Yogi Adityanath listening?
Yogi Adityanath seems to be the inspiration behind this fashion fad.
Then and now in Bundelkhand.
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After two running years of failed rains have pummelled farmers, a generous monsoon season remains the only way to relieve distress in the countryside and boost economic growth.
Even as Bundelkhand shrivels under the onslaught of a prolonged drought, the government is going ahead with a grand scheme to link two major rivers at this southern edge of the Ganga basin. At a time when moisture has fled the land and the rain-fed rivers are down to a trickle, transporting water some 230 km in a canal, irrigating farmland on the way, appears to be a mirage to many.
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Bundelkhand is a dirt-poor region where people are now desperately scratching the dirt for water. Only a few farmers have enough money to dig more than 50 metres and pump water out of the few aquifers that have not gone dry. A few others have built check dams and embankments to hold the rain where it falls, and their farms remain profitable. But such oases are too few and far between.
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Bundelkhand is amongst the worst places on earth to be a farmer. Decades of land and water mismanagement made worse by anaemic showers and changing rainfall patterns triggered by climate change have led to untold misery for its largely agrarian population. But many community workers and experts say the situation is not irrevocable. The region may yet prosper by adopting better ways to conserve water, in step with a more sustainable and varying use of the land.
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Bundelkhand, the size of Ireland or Texas at some 700,000 sq km, is home to some of the poorest people in India, an unforgiving land where about half of its 18 million people live under the official poverty line, close to destitution.
As Maharashtra continues to grapple with drought, Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh is facing an acute famine-like situation with widespread crop loss, scarcity of drinking water and poor nutrition, accord...