ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Narratives of Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides

Lives in Debt

A study in two districts recording high numbers of farmer suicide—Yavatmal in Maharashtra and Sangrur in Punjab—explores the tipping point for this desperate act and finds that in addition to the shame of indebtedness, especially when borrowing from members of the family, several other factors contribute to farmer suicides. These include faulty cropping patterns, rising input costs, aspirational consumption, and the absence of non-farm sources of income.

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