Occasional Monsoon Failures Are Necessary

Indian agriculture is disproportionately dependent on the monsoon rains that arrive between June and September every year. The Indian government, despite years of lip service, has not built adequate irrigation infrastructure to reduce the dependence of the country on the monsoon rains.

India has had two good years of rains in 2010 and 2011. The deficient monsoon in 2009 was not a complete drought. The last severe countrywide drought was in 2001 and 2002. More...