Issue No. 335-336, June-July 2017
Auroville is facing a drought
Some of the lawns of the Matrimandir Gardens are no longer watered Tamil Nadu and many other parts of India are currently facing an unprecedented drought. This message was formally delivered by the Chief Minister on January 10th, 2017, declaring Tamil Nadu a drought-hit state. As The Times of India reported: ‘The southern states are staring at a severe water crisis this summer as water levels in major reservoirs have hit rock bottom. The situation is worst in Tamil Nadu where water levels in reservoirs are 80% less than normal.’ This crisis has led to serious consequences. Water shortages have resulted in inter-state tensions between Kerala and Tamil Nadu; to a state-wide bandh (strike) in an effort to receive compensation for poor crop yields following the failure of the winter monsoon; and to an increased number of suicides amongst farmers between December 2016 and January this year. This crisis, which has caught the attention of national and international media, h...