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Scapegoating Climate Change

Atul Deulgaonkar and Anjali Joshi have described the drought exp- erienced in Marathwada in their article “Agriculture Is Injurious to Health” (EPW, 7 May 2016). As the impacts of drought, they have highlighted the low reservoir levels, depleting water levels in aquifers, failure of consecutive crops, acute shortage of drinking water both in rural and urban areas culminating in the increase in number of farmers suicides, displacement of capital, human beings and entrepreneurial talent causing socio-economic devastation across urban and rural fabric cutting across class and caste. In addition, they have also mentioned the agricultural policy issues.

However, they have hurriedly connected these series of events and observations to climate change without giving appropriate evidences.

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