The trouble with big uncomfortable numbers
The Government of India doesn’t like troublesome numbers. And it especially doesn’t like very big troublesome numbers.
That’s why, all through September, October and November 2009 you haven’t heard India’s central ministers talk about just how many people have been affected by the Drought of 2009. Twelve states have 299 drought-affected districts.
How many people affected? This post on the agriculture-ICT website Agropedia has the details in two tables. I’ll put up the detailed spreadsheets in a couple of days.