The Thakurs in her village reportedly threatened her and her family and demanded that her election as sarpanch be countermanded. When that failed, some of her detractors blew up the fuse of the motor pump, disrupting water supply in the entire village. Sudha was mobbed and asked to resign. “I asked the villagers for how long they had been facing a water crisis, and they replied, ‘Sixteen years’. Then, I told them: ‘You gave 16 years to three male sarpanchs who did not solve your problem and you are not giving me 16 days to work out a solution!’ The mob quietly melted away,” Sudha recounts.