A city with a standing population in excess of the big apple, the capitol of India has been forced to seriously ration water to it’s citizens this summer. A light monsoon season is the culprit, but the damages of a disappointing year for the earth’s most productive wet season extend far beyond the kitchen sink.
The rainy season in India is directly tied to 20 percent of its economy, deeply affecting agriculture and the 300 million people who depend on it for employment.
Beyond economics, there is the question of confidence during a world wide economic downturn. The monsoon season is synonymous with a number of Hindu festivals and celebrations that are deeply rooted in this country’s culture.
For an emerging world power who has thus far stood strong against the financial crisis, bad weather could turn out to be a very dangerous spiritual double cross with deep implications.