The age-old notions of patriarchy and masculinity, which suppress and disempower women, have an equally damaging effect on men’s behaviour and psyche, leaving them ill-equipped to handle failure. Rimjhim Jain reports.
Can farmers look ahead to “acche din” as well? Narendra Modi’s attention to the woes and plight of farmers during election campaigning has raised a lot of hope for improvement among members of the beleaguered community, but can he deliver? Devinder Sharma presents an 11-point prescription for turning the agricultural sector around.
Seeds of doubt
The effect of GM crops on food, agriculture and farmers continues to be highly controversial, polarising scientists and policy-makers alike.
outlines some of the recent turns in the debate to show that the truth, perhaps, lies somewhere in between.
"Only the idiots are committing suicide"
In Chhatisgarh's Durg district, there is no shortage of farmers who have taken their lives - the district ranks second in the state on this count. But
equally, there is no shortage of those who don't see these suicides.
CAG report slams Vidarbha waiver package
The Comptroller and Auditor General's audit of relief packages for Vidarbha's farmers finds that
they were tardy in implementation, mindless in conceptualisation and
"inconsistent with local
needs." The state government has skirted debate.
on the indictment.
Steep health costs pushing farmers to the brink
Rising health costs are proving disastrous for Vidarbha's
farmers already under severe distress. Debt
due to spiraling medical
expenditures is worse than the illness itself for many, and the
state government's health infrastructure is not helping, reports
Our food, our farmers
The Association for Indias Development (AID) celebrated Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) this year
with an Our Food, Our Farmers global vigil organised at 18 locations across India and 39
locations in the United States. An IN-PICTURES feature.
When the one who dies is a woman
Are the pressures which make male farmers commit suicide the same for women farmers as well? Socially, legally, with respect to property rights, and
given their family positions, women are placed in situations strikingly different from those of men.
Life on credit, death in installments
Four years, three men, one family. The tragedy unleashed by the agrarian crisis on
the family of Deshmukhs in Katyar village of Vidarbha isnt vanishing.
Empty fields stare at farm widows
In Vidarbha, widowed women farmers have been hit hard by lack of viable farm credit. Quite a lot of women find themselves unable to carry out
farm work in the absence of credit. Caught between fear and despair, their options are limited.
Vidarbha's one-litre-per-cow package
By the Maharashtra government's own count, the 14,221 high-breed cows it gave farmers in Vidarbha add just 1.16 litres each to the milk collection
in the region. These cows have cost already indebted farmers over Rs.7.5 crore.
Weaving a life in Anantapur
Families left behind by farmers who committed suicide face up to the odds, fighting for survival so that the next generation might do better. As
one farm widow puts it, "it is all for the children, sir. Our time has gone".