The Crisis of Indian Farmer Suicides

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Every 30 minutes, a farmer in India dies by suicide due to crippling debt and agrarian malpractice supported by the Indian Government. And instead of listening to its citizens, the Indian government vilifies their democratic right to dissent.

With the farmer’s protests in India still ongoing and sparking tensions between the people and the government, the working conditions, health issues and financial struggles of those in the agricultural sector have become polarized over the media.

In India, farming is not just a job that helps families pay their bills and provide an education for their children – it's an integral way of life. To put this into perspective, it is important to recognize that about sixty percent of the population in India works in agriculture.

This means that the actions taken by the government to mitigate farmers livelihoods and crops can affect over half the population, which has had detrimental consequences for a number of years. For instance, in 2019, over 10,000 individuals involved in the farming industry committed suicide; according to government data, factors that have led to this crisis include debt, bankruptcy, crop failure and other farming-related issues.

The shocking fact is that these numbers are a result from issues before the introduction of the three bills introduced in the late stages of 2020, and without any plans by the government to reason and communicate with the agricultural community, it is very possible that these statistics will grow to even more unreasonable amounts. This prediction may, unfortunately, ring true as farmers continue to commit suicide and be killed by the government for peaceful protesting and protecting the rights of their land.

A Sikh farmer in a field – Tribune India
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