27 September, 2020

Bleached Sun And No Shade

Bleached Sun And No Shade
All the images of dusty death and destitution from last year, or the one before, do not seem to have stirred the powers that be. In fact, it’s for the fifth successive year that the tribals and rural poor of Rajasthan face mass starvation and slow suffocation of their subsistence economy as drought sets in in several parts of the arid state. The state government has accused the Centre of not giving enough foodgrains to distribute as drought relief. While CM Ashok Gehlot has won praise from even critics for doing a considerably good job against all odds, the recent atrocities on tribals by the local administration has given him much bad press, not a good sign in an election year.

The peaceful Saharia tribe of the Kishenganj-Shahbad belt in Baran district are protesting against police atrocities which led to the death of a woman, Gulabo, of Mudiar village, on March 19. The local tehsildar had in an inebriated condition reportedly misbehaved with a woman and knocked down some tribals while driving his...



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