Celebrating Diwali during a downturn11 min read 23 Oct 2019, 09:46 PM IST
A field report from the agriculturally prosperous heartland reveals a lacklustre festival of lights
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SRI GANGANAGAR : "How are you going to celebrate Diwali?" My question gets Roopa Ram, an elderly farmer, so amused that he thinks it’s important to do some explaining to a reporter from Delhi. So, he sits down, making space for himself in a tiny grocery store in Jorkia, a village on the north-western edge of Rajasthan, adjacent to India’s border with Pakistan. “This is chugai season... the time to pluck cotton (the main cash crop of the region). So, everyone works till afternoon. Even on the day of Diwali. No one wants to lose the ₹7 they get for every kilogramme of cotton they pluck," he says.
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