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FARMERS SUICIDES IN INDIA

India is an Agrarian Country with around 60% of its people directly or indirectly depends upon agriculture. Agriculture in India is often attributed as gambling with monsoon because of its almost exclusive dependency of monsoons leading to: * Series of droughts

* Lack of better prices
* Exploitations by middlemen
Have been leading to series of suicides committed by farmers across India. Farmers in India became the center of considerable concerns in the 1990’s, when the journalist Mr. P. Sainath highlighted the large number of suicides among them. The reports initially denied the farmers suicides as more and more information came to light the government began to accept that the farmer in India were under considerable stress.

The government were not giving any support to the farmers because of that farmers have to commit suicide. Intellectual supporters of the farmers preferred to inflate them. In a year more than 17,500 farmers killed themselves. There was one interview of Mr. P. Sainath which was for 3 hours in that he stated that these 3 hours are so important for him because in these 3 hours nearly 6 farmers will commit suicide and among this 6 farmers half of them will be from Andhra Pradesh. And also in this 3 hours nearly 60-90 farmers will commit attempt suicide, 12-15% of them are successful. In these 3 hours nearly 250 farmers quit agriculture forever and this figures are all National figures. According to 1991 and 2001, everyday 2000 farmers are quitting agriculture. The agrarian crisis aggravated but all the state govt they don’t believe in these number they are denying to all this figures, nearly 16 state government had written to union agriculture that there are no farmers suicide in their states. NCRB figures are a result of data collected from their police station only.

Mr. P. Sainath says that the highest number of farmers suicides are from cotton farmers. “The Vidarbha region the eastern part of...