Rohini Mohan is a journalist based in Bangalore, India, and the author of The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War (2014). (December 2018)

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India’s Farmers on the March

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Agriculture in India relies heavily on rain and temperature in the growing season; farmers here are highly sensitive to climate. They have already felt the beginning of the apocalypse in the form of dried-up wells, declining yields, and mass migrations of people. So the farmers had brought their bodies—ravaged by work, unaccustomed to television cameras after years of neglect, and weary from walking miles—to the seat of power. As thousands chanted “Marenge nahin, ladenge!”—we will not die, we will fight!—the farmers redefined themselves as the protagonists, not the fatalities, of the climate change story.