Abhijit Das is currently an assistant professor of economics at Kandi Raj College in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, India. Over the past decade, Abhijit has conducted extensive research in the villages of rural West Bengal to understand the social, economic, and political issues driving lack of access to safe drinking water.

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Independent researchers detected arsenic in the groundwater of West Bengal as early as 1983. In the arsenic-affected areas, people continue to substantially rely on this groundwater for drinking and irrigation. Arsenic enters the groundwater from naturally occurring arsenic-bearing sediments in the surrounding rock, though the details of the …

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