India farmers’ ‘seeds of suicide’: 200-year old story behind a modern tragedy

October 9, 2015 0 Comments

Aneela Mirchandani | October 7, 2015

In 1998, a farmer in Warangal, India killed himself after a failed crop by drinking pesticide. His body was found hours later lying amidst his one-acre crop, which was overrun by worms. This suicide was one of many that were reported on at the time; the incidence was particularly high among cotton farmers. It set off much hand-wringing in the press: how was India failing its farmers?