Should India Really Have Declined UAE’s Offer of Aid to Kerala?

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Should India Really Have Declined UAE’s Offer of Aid to Kerala?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n the last couple of weeks, the severity of Kerala’s heaviest rains in a century has caused untold damage: high water levels have left millions trapped and lakhs of people have lost their homes. Crops and businesses have been swept away, leaving many without any dependable livelihood. The state has the most daunting task – rebuilding itself from the ground up – in front of it. And it has to do it all while facing a serious cash crunch. With an estimate of over ₹20,000 crores required to rebuild, the state needs all the help they can get.

Thankfully, it’s prompted an outpouring of sympathy and donations from across the country. And abroad.

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