Dying to be Free

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

Farmer suicides in India have reached alarming rates. The decade between 1997 and 2006 saw as many as 166,304 farmers committing suicide in India — potentially an underestimate, given that landless rural labourers and women were not included. As per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 5,650 farmers committed suicide in 2014, of which 75 per

Game of risk: Farming in the minefields of uncertainty

April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

This brings to a crescendo the rising chorus for farmer compensation. Another farmer, Ram Sahey, from Dhanawa, near Sultanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, has lost 50% of his wheat harvest to hail, losing over Rs 2 lakh of potential income. With an additional debt of Rs 3.5 lakh, he expects compensation to be around Rs 100

An uncertain Hobbesian life

January 13th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

India’s small farmers have been struggling for centuries now and they need social and governmental action to change their future of India’s 121 million agricultural holdings, 99 million are with small and marginal farmers, with a land share of just 44 per cent and a farmer population share of 87 per cent. With multiple cropping

The Real Shoots of Economic Revival Lie in Agriculture

August 10th, 2014|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

The rains have fallen short. An agrarian crisis is seemingly upon us. The Green Revolution was supposed to take care of everything. It was supposed to reduce dependence on the fickle monsoon, increase production, boost employment, cut down rural poverty and deter urban migration. India’s agrarian population rose by nearly 50% between 1980 and 2011