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Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags National award

Documentary on Vidarbha farmers bags National award-TIMES OF INDIA Watch it on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdlPD8Eccrw NAGPUR: “If a quarter million farmers kill themselves over a span of 16 years, then it is genocide and not suicide. The globalization of economies has given rise to a new form of agrarian warfare where seeds are the new weapons.” This observation formed the basis of the documentary ‘Cotton For My Shroud’ made by Nandan Saxena and his wife Kavita Bahl. The 90 minute film, shot in the hinterlands of Vidarbha, which have earned the infamous sobriquet of farmer’s graveyard, has won aRajat Kamal for the best investigative film at the 59th National awards announced in New Delhi on Wednesday. […]

Now, parliamentary panel to study suicide crisis

Ramu Bhagwat, TNN | Feb 26, 2012, 02.11AM IST  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Now-parliamentary-panel-to-study-suicide-crisis/articleshow/12037892.cms?prtpage=1 NAGPUR: A parliamentary standing committee will visit the farm suicide capital of Yavatmal on March 2. The 37-member committee, headed by Basudeo Acharya of CPM, will go to Pandharkawda and visit couple of villages to find out why farmers suicides continue unabated despite a plethora of measures taken by the government, providing relief to cotton growers of drylands of Vidarbha. This is the first time that such a large team of parliamentary committee will be visiting the region. The visit comes in the wake of reports that the actual number of farmers committing suicides and found eligible for compensation by the government has actually […]

Micro finance giant SKS Under Spotlight in Suicides: Wall street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577242602296683134.html Associated Press MUMBAI, India — First they were stripped of their utensils, furniture, mobile phones, televisions, ration cards and heirloom gold jewelry. Then, some of them drank pesticide. One woman threw herself in a pond. Another jumped into a well with her children. Sometimes, the debt collectors watched nearby. More than 200 poor, debt-ridden residents of Andhra Pradesh killed themselves in late 2010, according to media reports compiled by the government of the south Indian state. The state blamed microfinance companies–which give small loans intended to lift up the very poor–for fueling a frenzy of overindebtedness and then pressuring borrowers so relentlessly that some took their own lives. The […]

Farmers’ suicides tripled in 2011: Attention of PMO sought

Government figures of farmer suicides in Vidarbha’s agrarian crisis hit cotton belt of western districts for year 2011 has shocked the local media and civil society after a national daily reported that figures compiled by government at Yavatmal district in Maharashtra- the epicenter of the agrarian crisis. THE SHOCKING figures completely contract earlier reports of the Government of India and Mahrashtra Government in 2011 – as suicides commited due to agrarian crisis tripled as compared to the last year. In Yavatmal district as against in 2010 administration confirmed 35 farmer suicides due to agrarian crisis, and all are eligible for government compensation whereas in 2011, 76 suicides were declared – which is […]

English Translation of P. Sainath on ‘Farmers Suicides and Way Forward’ during the Round Table in Hyderabad

Students of XIMB, Bhubaneswar Mr. Borra Srinivisa Rao, Adithya and Suma have done a wonderful job of transcripting and translating P. Sainath’s speech into English 120108 Sainath ramoo

Farmers’ suicide on rise in Bengal; parties blame each other

by Manogya Loiwal January 04, 2012 http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/farmers-suicide-in-west-bengal-political-parties-blame-game/1/167132.html Farmers’ suicides have come back to haunt the West Bengal government. Unable to handle the rising inflation, several farmers have committed suicide recently. In some parts the agriculture produce is being set ablaze due to lack of basic storage facilities, pointing at the abysmal condition in the state. However, despite the crisis the state government has turned a blind eye to the farmers’ problems. Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said the recent suicide in the state was not due to falling crops but due to mental depression among the farmers. He claimed the farmers in Bengal were rich enough to buy high […]

Watch Rytu Swarajya Vedhika and TV9 Round Table on Youtube-updated

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Over 290 farmers died in past three months: HRF

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/over-290-farmers-died-in-past-three-months-hrf/219091-60-121.html HYDERABAD: The Human Rights Forum has urged the state government to formulate a comprehensive Drought Relief Code to provide effective drought relief and mitigation. “Such a code is imperative because governments continue to exhibit an adhoc nature and tokenism in providing relief towards droughthit people,” HRF general secretary VS Krishna and secretary Anwar said in a statement on Sunday. The HRF teams which visited 47 villages in nine droughthit districts, where farmers have committed suicide, have estimated that not less than 290 farmers have ended their lives over the past three months. “Over 90 per cent farmers taking their own lives are from the rainfed districts of Telangana and […]

TV9 Rytu Swarajya Vedhika Round Table on Farmers Suicides-Part-1

Watch discussion on ‘Farmers suicides and Way forward’ on TV9 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on sunday 8th January

Watch discussion on Farmers Suicides and Way forward on TV9 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm live from Jubilee hall, Hyderabad on this sunday 8th January.  Participants include leaders of various political parties, Journalist P. Sainath, Farmers and Rytu Swarajya Vedhika members. The Round Table is jointly organised by Rytu Swarajya Vedhika and TV9

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