Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Western liberal values

Financial Times:

According to Inderjit Singh Jaijee, a Chandigarh-based human-rights activist and former state legislator, up to 40,000 farmers have taken their lives in the past 20 years. Many of their families are left destitute, receiving no state support.

“We’ve been projecting this problem of rural suicide since 1988, but there’s been no response from the government -- even to accept the fact of suicide,” said Mr Jaijee.

If only the Indian government, the banks, developers, etc. did a better job educating the newly landless on the point that violence is never the answer!


almostinfamous said...

you might like P. Sainath's reporting. He is almost single-handedly responsible for documenting the strife of farmers in our country, when pretty much nobody else(in the english-speaking media) cares.

JRB said...

Hey, thanks a lot, AI. I really appreciate this.

almostinfamous said...

just wanted to let you know of an epic article about the tribal/maoist independence struggle as depicted by a visiting writer/journalist here: