"Every 30 Minutes": Crushed by Debt and Neo-Liberal Reforms, Indian Farmers Commit Suicide At Staggering Rate

(Multimedia) A quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years—an average of one suicide every 30 minutes. The crisis has ballooned with economic liberalization that has removed agricultural subsidies and opened Indian agriculture to the global market. Small farmers are often trapped in a cycle of insurmountable debt, leading many to take their lives out of sheer desperation. We speak with Smita Narula of the Center for Human Rights ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Dwight Rousu - May 11, 2011 - 2:05 PM PDT
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by Dwight Rousu - May. 11, 2011

Similar stories have been around for a while, but have been attacked as unreliable and due to poor statistical data arising out of India. This story seems to be based upon a report by a reputable organization, with a very well spoken presentation by Narula.

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