Impact of climate change on the indigenous people of Rajasthan

Barkha Mathur


Rajasthan is one of the driest regions in India and experiences dangerously high temperatures for several months of the year. It is geographically the largest state in India and the climate is characterized by dry and hot winds. The state has even experienced temperature as high as 49°C during summers. A large fraction of the state is covered by the Thar desert also known as the Great Indian Desert which includes the districts of Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur. Due to the geographical position of the state one can safely assume that the state of Rajasthan suffers from water scarcity and has the maximum probability of occurrence of draught in India. The present paradigm is related to the impact of development induced climate change on the indigenous populace of Rajasthan. It looks at the vulnerability of the state to climate change and reiterates the plight of its primitive, shy and socially & economically backward rural citizens.

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