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To Harvest A Cruel, Dark Joke

The crisis engulfing farmers was built on the back of negligence and bad po licy. The resultant migration to urban India has devastating socio-economic consequences.

To Harvest A Cruel, Dark Joke
Their Pride | Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
To Harvest A Cruel, Dark Joke
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2018-12-07T10:39:53+05:30

Never before in history has the landless see­­med to be better off than marginal and small land-owning classes. Farmers, emotionally attached to their lands continue to try, uns­uccessfully, to make a living from their meagre holdings while those with no land have little to hold them back from moving to other professions or migrate in hope for better opportunities.

Pent-up frustration has erupted in more farmer agitations across India in the past four years than in the preceding decades. The current times are reminiscent of when Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa in 1916 to launch the Champaran Satyagraha. Along with the Kheda Satyagraha in Gujarat, such farmers’ uprisings got channelised into beginning the grassroots Indian Independence movement. The current turmoil may well signify the beginning of yet another momentous change.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s larger-than-life image, created by clever marketing, sloganeering, social media and advertising spend raised hopes of millions of people across rural India. Having won an...

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