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!