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The Uses of Drought

Amrita Rangaswami The drought periodicity chart that appears at the very beginning of the report of the Planning Commission's task force on the integrated agricultural development of drought-prone areas shows drought occurrence once in five years for eight regions (the major portion of the country), once in three for seven regions, and once in 25 years for arid Rajasthan. The report warns that "the country should be prepared for conditions of drought over large areas once in 4-5 years''.

WEST BENGAL-A Generation Being Wiped Out

WEST BENGAL A Generation Being Wiped Out Amrita Rangaswami IN Cooch-Behar district, in West Bengal, the paddy fields are slowly turning a mustard-yellow. The paddy stands tall

Financing Famine Relief Calling the Bluff

Financing Famine Relief: Calling the Bluff Amrita Rangaswami THE UNION Government's strategy to inance famine this year is based on a amble. The Centre is betting on the chance that in the affected states, this lean year will be followed by four good years. And on the basis of this rather Biblical assumption, it is releasing to the states in advance funds from the Central assistance for the entire Fifth Plan period.

Making a Village An Andhra Experiment

Making a Village: An Andhra Experiment Amrita Rangaswami RAMABHADRAPURAM, twin village of Ravada across the Vottigedda Reservoir in the Parvathipuram Agency in Andhra Pradesh, has order and symmetry. Its wide and sunshiny streets have been laid with a geometrical precision. The huts are evenly spaced and stand erect, their thatch and wooden doors smart and identical like uniforms on parade. The ration depot divides the village into even halves. The Ashram School, a long narrow hut, stands at one end of the village, Ramahhadrapuram, at the foot of the hills in the Kuruppam Block in Srikakulam district, has perhaps been constructed according to specifications laid down in a little-known manual of the Andhra Pradesh Revenue Department. But its community has been assembled according to What may be called "the cut-and-paste" method. The people of the hill villages of Kiddigesu Balleru, Chinnatolumanda, Nimmakava- sala Kittalaguda, Kondamadigallu and Savaraguda have been taken out of their villages in the hills and resettled in homes that are as marked and as accessible as files in a cabinet. Each village community has a street to itself and the street bears the amine of the village of origin of the 'migrants'. "These people have always liked to live in isolated villages", commented an official. The tribal has now lost the right to privacy.

And Then There Were None-A Report from Srikakulam

And Then There Were None A Report from Srikakulam Amrita Rangaswami 'HIDING in the Hills' is a metaphor that has clung to the folk-hero, the outlaw. And the landscape around the Parvathipuram 'agency in Srikakulam District in Andhra Pradesh offers the familiar features
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