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India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant

Samar Halarnkar
India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant

Last week witnessed several of India’s festering, usually ignored problems exploding into prominence. Here are three issues that made it to the news—not in a meaningful enough way to be of widespread public interest but adequate, at least, to be dragged into the public eye. Millions nationwide abandoned their homes because villages ran out of water—in Chennai, the four reservoirs supplying the city ran dry—as drought ravaged a quarter of India and water tables sank lower than ever.