articles by Mukesh Mathrani

India

Callously pushed into unemployment, Rajasthan's Giral village residents scoff at govt claims on tackling joblessness

Today, the farmers of Giral village, 40 kilometres north of Barmer, are landless and jobless.

India

Drought in Rajasthan: Over Rs 7,000 crore spent on projects, but not much water has flown through western region

Struggling to access drinking water has become a norm for people in this part of Rajasthan's Thar Desert, irrespective of the season. Even during winters, — when the temperature is between three and seven degrees Celsius — the struggle for drinking water is similar to that in summers, when mercury rises as high as 50 degrees Celsius.

India

Drought in Rajasthan: Barmer farmers unimpressed by tall claims of Centre’s crop insurance scheme as rains play truant

The district of Barmer, on the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan, has been drought-hit almost continuously for the past ten years.

India

Drought in Rajasthan: Poor groundwater situation, erratic rains in Barmer indicate ecological distress across Thar desert

With agriculture and cattle rearing being the only means of livelihood for locals of Thar desert, persistent drought has forced residents to migrate to other regions within the state while many others continue to cope with cascading effects of drought.