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The farm crisis: why have over one lakh farmers killed themselves in the past decade? Parliament lecture, 2007 by Sainath

070906 Sainath Parlimentary lecture Farm Crisis Speaker’s Lecture Series: Parliament House, Sept. 6, 2007 The farm crisis: why have over one lakh farmers killed themselves in the past decade? P. Sainath Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu We, as a nation, are in the worst agrarian crisis in four decades. It is impossible to cover such a large issue in full. So I am going to be dealing with it in fragments today. I would like to stress that the crisis is so deep, so advanced that: firstly, no State, nobody, is exempt from this and it is not to be seen as the crisis of one State or one Government or […]

Farm suicides rise in Maharashtra, State still leads the list

P. SAINATH, The Hindu | July 3, 2012 sainath@mtnl.net.in It accounted for well over a fifth of the total of 14,027 deaths in 2011 With a figure of at least 14,027 in 2011, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the total number of farm suicides since 1995 has touched 2,70, 940. The State of Maharashtra shows a rise in numbers yet again, logging 3,337 against 3,141 farmers’ suicides the previous year (and 2,872 in 2009). This, despite heavy massaging of data at the State level for years now, even re-defining of the term “farmer” itself. And despite an orchestrated (and expensive) campaign in the media and other forums […]

Reaping gold through cotton, and newsprint: P. SAINATH

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3401466.ece?homepage=true A facsimile of The Times of India’s August 28, 2011 page with the ‘marketing feature’ on Bt Cotton. The same full page appeared twice in three years, the first time as news, the second time as an advertisement “Not a single person from the two villages has committed suicide.” Three and a half years ago, at a time when the controversy over the use of genetically modified seeds was raging across India, a newspaper story painted a heartening picture of the technology’s success. “There are no suicides here and people are prospering on agriculture. The switchover from the conventional cotton to Bollgard or Bt Cotton here has led to […]

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

How the Maharashtra Ended Famine

http://www.counterpunch.org/sainath08272010.html By P. SAINATH Maybe the government, the National Advisory Council (NAC) and other assorted enthusiasts of the Food Security Bill can learn from Maharashtra about moving towards ending hunger altogether. In 1963, the government of Maharashtra  (population in 2010 over 100 million) ended famine forever in the State. It did this without adding a morsel to anyone’s diet. It did so simply by passing an Act in the Legislature that deleted the word ‘famine’ from all laws of the State. No kidding. This was called ‘The Maharashtra Deletion Of The Term “Famine” Act, 1963” (and was dug up after decades by an independent researcher from Bangalore.) The basis for […]

How the Maharashtra Ended Famine

By P. SAINATH Maybe the government, the National Advisory Council (NAC) and other assorted enthusiasts of the Food Security Bill can learn from Maharashtra about moving towards ending hunger altogether. In 1963, the government of Maharashtra  (population in 2010 over 100 million) ended famine forever in the State. It did this without adding a morsel to anyone’s diet. It did so simply by passing an Act in the Legislature that deleted the word ‘famine’ from all laws of the State. No kidding. This was called ‘The Maharashtra Deletion Of The Term “Famine” Act, 1963” (and was dug up after decades by an independent researcher from Bangalore.) The basis for this? […]

How to feed your billionaires

P. Sainath http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article399250.ece BIG BET: Kings XI Punjab team’s co-owner Preity Zinta gestures to Mumbai Indians’ owners Mukesh Ambani and his wife Neeta Ambani after a match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on April 09. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar Freebies for the IPL — at a time of savage food subsidy cuts for the poor — benefit four men who make the Forbes Billionaire List of 2010 and a few other, mere multi-millionaires.

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