PROTECTION FOR THE RICH; FREE PLAY OF MARKET FORCES FOR THE POOR

The most striking aspect of the farming crisis in India is that its severity is directly proportionate to the degree of integration with international trade and global markets. It is now well recognised, even by the government, that Indian agriculture is facing a serious crisis. Over 40,000 farmers are estimated to have committed suicide since 1997.—Parshuram Ray

The reported incidents of farmer suicides represent just the tip of the iceberg called distress in the rural economy. For every case of reported farmer suicide, there are at least 100 farmers who have not committed suicide but who face similar or even worse economic conditions. However, the government, the media and many non-governmental organisations (NGOs), while constantly debating the tragedy of farmer suicides, do not engage with the larger issues of the disastrous predicament of the farm sector and/or the pain and suffering in rural areas.

Even official surveys now reveal that the average Indian farmer earns less than an unskilled daily wage worker. In other words, farmers have slipped to the bottom of the economic pyramid. Several villages in Maharashtra and Punjab have literally put themselves up for sale, and indebted farmers in some villages have opened 'kidney sale centres' in a desperate attempt to rid themselves of huge debts. Thousands of farmers have written to the President of India seeking his permission to commit suicide.

The most interesting aspect of the farming crisis, or farmer suicides, is that the severity of the crisis is directly proportionate to the degree of integration with international trade and global markets. Farmer suicides are happening mostly in the so-called 'developed' states of India — Punjab, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. In these states, agriculture has become highly commercialised and hence vulnerable to volatilities in the international market. There has been no case of farmer suicide in the so-called 'backward' states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, and in the northeastern region. ...

RLCC Comment: That's what the economic predators from the West have brought in: Death. India has made a huge error by embracing the economy of greed.

Link to source-webpage by WorldProutAssembly, obtained via: World Prout Assembly, February 13, 2007, 5:36am

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