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The case for self-sustaining rural areas

This will slow migration to the cities, which are already over-populated.

Homeless people waiting for free food at a community kitchen in New Delhi. India's expanding cities like Delhi or Mumbai are ill-prepared to handle the growing population.

OVER the past several months, India's beleaguered cities have been the subject of much scrutiny and intense criticisms. This year's monsoon rains have caused numerous losses of lives and economic and social disruptions.

In Bihar, more than 500 people have lost their lives. In neighbouring...

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