Farmer’s Suicide in India! Why Are Farmers Killing Themselves?

 Farmer’s of India feel that fighting from hunger is much more difficult than facing death.

Farmer suicide is a wrenching and contentious issue in India. There are more farmers in India than in any other country and the suicide rate for farmers is 48 percent higher than any other profession. India is a country of farmers’ this is the first line which we still use while introducing our country but in last few decades India is losing this very precious asset of theirs the farmers. Nobody else is killing them but the policies are assassinating them. The life is getting expensive and more expensive with every passing day which is certainly beyond their financial capacity. They feel that fighting from hunger is much more difficult than facing death.

Farmers Sucide in India

Farmer’s Family

In the recent time the newly made state of Telangana has witnessed a rapid increase in the number farmer suicides the reason was the dicey argument of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the government on the point of exempting the farmer’s loan. In fact in the past years we have come across so many cases of farmer’s suicide just because of the loan and especially the ones which were taken by the Zameendars of the village. The loan taken by their ancestors is paid by the generations the interest on these loans is so heavy that it carries on from generation to generation. Moreover, the global warming has caused a lot of change in the environment and has even reduced the amount of rain that initially used to happen in India hence, drought is another reason for this.  

Farmers Sucide India

Dead in vain Farmer suicides have evoked no response from politicians. Photo: Prashant Panjiar

Till the congress time there was yet another reason to add on to it which was the presence of agents between the market and the farmers who used to eat up a big share of the farmer’s profit leaving them starving.  In this situation government decided the cost of the farmer’s life instead of changing the policies or making policies in their favor. The deceased’s family used to get a lakh so here they opened another gate for the farmers who saw their families were dying out of hunger that if they would kill themselves at least a family can at least take care of the two time meal with the compensation money.

It high time that the government understands that precaution is better than cure. Hence they need to focus on the policies which would be in favor of the farmers rather than finding a way to compensate their families. Agriculture is the lifeline of our country and just imagines what will happen if farmers will be forced to choose other areas of work and India will be left with just handful of farmers. What if the import of crops in our country would increase? 

In India (and beyond), farmers are committing suicide at a shocking rate.

Kundan Srivastava

Human Rights activist, Author, Columnist, Founder-CEO '' (“India’s leading platform to raise a voice for people to fight against injustice & victimization”).

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9 Responses

  1. This is really sad to see. Can we do something at our personal level for our farmers?

    • Kundan Srivastava says:

      Yes Namrata ! When you will get time then go door to door in your village and start encouraging to farmers

  2. An informative and thought-provoking post…

  3. Moon says:

    Very sad! We hardly think of them who toil their entire life to provide food for us. How a government, instead of modifying the policies and infrastructure, indirectly encourage a farmer committing suicide! First of all, the middlemen culture needs to be eliminated. I have read in newspapers that while transporting crops and vegetables from one state to another transporters (lorry drivers) have to bribe police and local goons and all. All these add to the cost of vegetables and crops at the market. There are times we buy onions at Rs 75 per kilo but how much of this goes in the pocket of the farmer? The government should enforce strict policies to sustain agriculture and take off the burden of loans from farmers.

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  5. Nilakshi says:

    To read this affects me in a special way. My father was a farmer who committed suicide ,leaving his pregnant wife,my mother, behind .She had to give birth to me and leave me at an orphanage.
    Later I ended up in Sweden through adoption but I alwas thought about my indian roots and now finally im reunited with my mother again. I wish I could do something to help farmers and to prevent farmer suicides

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