Wednesday, November 21, 2007

want to hear about the true statistics that the government and 'development' mongers dont want to talk about. want to hear figures that are not fudged. want to hear about the majority of india that is under brutal assault of negligence, contempt and disregard.

well, you can find all this and more in india's farmers. as our honorable PM touts the 'achievements' of his government vis-a-vis the farming sector, p.sainath gives damning statistics of the sorry state of india's farmers and agriculture.

some quotes are below. guess the PM and FM of india needs some coaching on numbers and real statistics so that they don't push the brutal assault on india's marginalized and fragile ecology in name of benefiting a few businessmen.

some cruel statistics from the article are below. fake development that touts bloated gdp figure is indeed not the answer to india's sustainable growth.

Nearly 29,000 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra between 1997 and 2005, official data show. No other State comes close to that total. This means that of the roughly 1.5 lakh farmers who killed themselves across the country in that period, almost every fifth one was from Maharashtra — which saw a 105 per cent increase in farm suicides in those nine years. More than 19,000 of those farmer suicides occurred from 2001 onwards.

Professor Nagaraj’s study shows that of the almost 1.5 lakh farm suicides in India between 1997 and 2005, over 89,000 occurred in just four States: Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh (including Chhattisgarh).

It found that of the 17 lakh plus families covered, more than a fourth — that is, more than two million people — were “under maximum distress.”


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