The village is united in its assessment that the rains have failed because people have failed dharmam. 'Manishulu dharmanga pothe, devudu koode thodi isthaadu, varshaalu paduthaayi'.
... So the Indian mind is able to consider Dharmam, and the satisfaction of following Dharmam, its own purpose. This is not from a religion that is an 'opium for the masses'. This is a religion that strengthens people to put feeding every hungry begger, over securing their own tomorrow's meal. Thereby even in this drought no on is turned away hungry from any village home.
Each time in the village I learn a little more about what I country is, and what its philosophical underpinnings are.