|Area||64,590 km2 (24,940 sq mi)|
|Density (per km²)||354|
Marathwada (IPA:Marāṭhvāḍā) is a region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. The word "Marathwada" has been used since the times of the Nizams. The region coincides with the Aurangabad Division of Maharashtra. It borders the states of Karnataka and Telangana, and it lies to the west of the Vidarbha and east of Khandesh regions of Maharashtra. The largest city of Marathwada is Aurangabad. Its people speak Marathi and Dakhini.
The term Marathwada means the house of Marathi people, that is land occupied by the Marathi-speaking population of the former Hyderabad state during the period of Nizam's rule. The term can be traced to 18th century state records of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Under Nizams rule
The foundation of agricultural research in Marathwada region of erstwhile Hyderabad kingdom was laid by the 7th Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan with the commencement of the Main Experimental Farm in 1918 in Parbhani. During the Nizam's rule agricultural education was available only at Hyderabad; crop research centres for sorghum, cotton and fruits existed in Parbhani. After independence, this facility was developed further by the Indian government which was renamed as Marathwada Agriculture University on 18 May 1972.The region of Hingoli and Aurangabad were a major hub for the military stations and depot during the time of Nizam as well as during the British rule. Also Hyderabad state took special work to build Dams, modify and renovate the existing underwater system particularly in Aurangabad. Major works were undertaken to built railways connecting the city of Hyderabad to Bombay via Aurangabad. Handlooms and paper factories were established in Kaghzipura near Aurangabad. Religious sites were developed in Khuldabad. Temporary guest houses were built for Sikh devotees in Nanded which lies in ruins due to neglect by the government authorities. Also roads connecting to Ahmedabad were initiated.
Cities and districts
Major cities of Marathwada region
All the cities below have population of more than 100,000 with Aurangabad having 1.1 million inhabitants per the 2011 census.
- Ajanta Caves
- Ellora Caves
- Udgir Fort
- Hazur Sahib Nanded
- Bibi Ka Maqbara
- Dharashiv Caves
- Aundha Nagnath
- Grishneshwar temple
- Dharur, Beed
Marathwada has four government medical colleges, situated at Aurangabad, Latur, Nanded and Ambajogai. The region also has good government engineering colleges such as SGGS Nanded, Aurangabad Government Engineering College. It also has three major universities, being Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University at Aurangabad, Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agricultural University at Parbhani, and Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University at Nanded.
The foundation of agricultural research in Marathwada region of Hyderabad state was laid by the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad with the commencement of the Main Experimental Farm in 1918 in Parbhani. During the Nizam's rule agricultural education was available only at Hyderabad; crop research centers for sorghum, cotton and fruits existed in Parbhani. After independence, this facility was developed further by the Indian government which was renamed as Marathwada Agriculture University on 18 May 1972.
Droughts and suicide of farmers
Marathwada is affected by frequent anomalies in rainfall during Monsoon season, which accounts for almost 80 percent of the annual rainfall. The average annual rainfall over the division is 882 mm. Almost three-fourths of the Marathwada division is covered by agricultural lands. Hence, drought is having a significant impact on the life of farmers. According to government records, 422 farmers in Marathwada committed suicide in 2014. This was because of their inability to bear crop losses and a financial quandary made acute by water scarcity and an agrarian crisis. 2014 was the third consecutive year of low rainfall, and when rainfall did occur it was sometimes untimely and damaged crops. Of the 422 suicides, 252 cases were due to an inability to repay agricultural loans. There have been more than 117 farmer suicides in the first two months of 2017. According to a study by IIT Bombay, the severe or extreme droughts have frequently occurred in major portions of Marathwada, in the last few decades.
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- Vidarbha and Marathwada: Trapped in a vicious cycle -Hindustan Times
- Cane cultivation leaving Marathwada bone dry: Study -The Times of India
- Photo-essay on the 2016 drought in Marathwada
- Have India's farm suicides really declined? -BBC article
- In worst drought year, Marathwada emerges new suicide region -Indian Express
- ‘Wrong method used to calculate Vidarbha, Marathwada backlog’ - The Times of India
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