Opinion: Drought Selfies and Drought Suicides


A boy from a rural village stricken by drought standing guard over his family’s water containers at a camp in Mumbai, India.

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MUMBAI, India — When 2-year-old Rutuja playfully tipped over a bottle, spilling water onto the mud floor of the family’s shack, her mother, Nageshwari Rathore, let loose a screech, lunging forward as though to slap the toddler. Ms. Rathore stopped herself, sinking her head into her hands. “You finished it,” she whispered.

The loss wrenched at the 25-year-old. That June morning she had stood in line in the scorching heat for over an hour to collect five liters of water. A government…

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