Film on Farmer Suicides Released in Punjab

Harvest of Grief, a new documentary directed byAnwar Jamalrecently premiered in Punjab. The film aims to tackle therising number of farmer suicides in Punjab.

hogPIC.jpgHarvest of Grief is a 60 minute documentary of farmerss suicides in the dry district of Sangrur. Suicides are due to indebtedness arising out of high costs of water, mechanized farming, chemical pesticides and fertilizers and low economic returns. The film also takes a comprehensive view of gender, health and environmental destruction which are the consequences of the Green Revolution and globalization. [link]

The movie is sponsored by the Rescue and Revival Mission and predominantly focuses on the impact the suicides have had on women and children. A recent article in the Financial Times also discussed Harvest of Griefandthe issue of famer suicides in Punjab. Official statistics say that 132 farmers in Punjab killed themselves in the past five years – attributing the deathsto natural causes or alcohol or drug abuse. However, Inderjit Singh Jaijee, a Chandigarh-based human-rights activist and former state legislator, states that up to 40,000 farmers have taken their lives in the past 20 years. A large discrepancy in the number of farmer suicides exists (perhapsdue to a lack of infrastructural support, social stigma etc.)and families are often left destitute, receiving little or no state support.

I look forward to watching the film and hope it creates productive dialogue leading to potential solutions for families impacted and affected by this issue.


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11 Responses to “Film on Farmer Suicides Released in Punjab”

  1. Harinder says:

    WHY OF SUICIDE:-
    1.Several points in space of suicides :–
    On an average one farmer took his/her life every 53 minutes between 1997 and 2005. State wise position of suicides:–
    Andhra Pradesh–16770,
    Karnataka–20093
    Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh) – 23588.
    2.Several Causes
    •Indebtedness –93 %
    •Conflict in Family – 55 %
    •Crop failure – 41%
    •?Dent in Social Status- 36%
    •Daughter’s/Sister’s marriage – 34 %
    •Addiction- 28%
    •?Health problems – 21 %
    •Bt Cotton
    •Scissors Crisis
    http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/english/chiefminist
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmers%27_suicides_
    My hypotheses :–

    Aliens have released a new virus code named
    “ Suicideviridae “.
    Blood sample of these farmers need to be analyzed in hi tech labs.

  2. Harinder says:

    WHY OF SUICIDE:-
    1.Several points in space of suicides :–
    On an average one farmer took his/her life every 53 minutes between 1997 and 2005. State wise position of suicides:–
    Andhra Pradesh16770,
    Karnataka20093
    Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh) 23588.
    2.Several Causes
    Indebtedness 93 %
    Conflict in Family 55 %
    Crop failure 41%
    ?Dent in Social Status- 36%
    Daughters/Sisters marriage 34 %
    Addiction- 28%
    ?Health problems 21 %
    Bt Cotton
    Scissors Crisis
    <a href="http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/english/chiefminist…” target=”_blank”>http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/english/chiefminist
    <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmers%27_suicides_…” target=”_blank”>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmers%27_suicides_
    My hypotheses :–

    [Edited by Admin due to lack of relevance….and sense]

  3. sewa says:

    This is a serious subject guys

  4. sewa says:

    This is a serious subject guys

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