Some states fight the trend, but still ...
Five States did manage a significant decline in the average number of farm suicides between 2003 and 2010. However, more States have reported increases over the same period.
P Sainath | Agriculture
December 2011

"Only the idiots are committing suicide"
In Chhatisgarh's Durg district, there is no shortage of farmers who have taken their lives - the district ranks second in the state on this count. But equally, there is no shortage of those who don't see these suicides.
March 2009

Series by Jaideep Hardikar


 •  "We cultivate pearls, our children go hungry"
 •  Life on credit, death in installments
 •  Cooking the numbers
 •  The tale of three widows
 •  Replying with bullets
 •  Sermons for the distressed souls
 •  Vehicle loans, turbulent Vidarbha
 •  Poison reaches them, not government
 •  Suicide in a distant land
 •  350 and counting
 •  Loan after loan devastates
 •  Another farmer ends his life
 •  The end of innocence
 •  No cheques, no balances
 •  Poll freebies not much help
 •  Cotton marketing fails farmers
 •  Vidharbha: A suicides diary

Analysis essays
 •  Much research, no action
 •  Rising import of 'suicides'
 •  Rise of the moneylender
 •  Rich daddy, poor daddy

Series by P Sainath

 •  The coming water wars
 •  How the deal was done
 •  The World Bank and the big bang
 •  Whose suicide is it, anyway?
 •  No rain, but snow and waterparks
 •  Russian roulette
 •  Suicides: The price of power?
 •  As you sow, so shall you weep
 •  The farmer and his festival lights
 •  Of chit funds and loan lotteries
 •  Mortgages are out, land grab is in
 •  Chor Bt aur Bt chor
 •  The riots and wrongs of caste
 •  Awaiting a deadly harvest
 •  Shamrao breaks his appointment
 •  Cry, the beloved countryside
 •  Swelling register of deaths
 •  A scenario of post-mortems 24x7
 •  'Forced privatisation' of cotton
 •  Creative solutions, sarkari-style
 •  Three weddings and a funeral
 •  Waiting for 'anna'
 •  Slowing down the suicides
 •  How Mumbai discovered Vidarbha
 •  The politics of relief packages
 •  "Give us a price, not a package"
 •  A final note on credit
 •  Striking a note on dissent


Series by P Sainath

 •  When farmers die
 •  Sinking borewells, rising debt
 •  Death of a carpenter
 •  Anatomy of a health disaster
 •  Micro-credit, maxi risk
 •  Percentage raj
 •  Naidu: image and reality

 •  Dreaming of water, drowning in..
 •  Seeds of suicide - I
 •  Seeds of suicide - II
 •  Jobs drought before crisis
 •  How the better half dies
 •  How the better half dies - II
 •  The after-death industry
 •  Farmers lose crores in insurance
 •  Renew lapsed insurance policies
 •  Look to helpline, land in jail


Series by P Sainath

 •  The cross and the crisis
 •  So near to God, far from Heaven
 •  Hope dies slowly in Wayanad
 •  Crisis drives the bus to Kutta
 •  Fewer jobs, more buses
 •  Arrack as distress trade

 •  Commerce, crisis hit students
 •  Coffee sails globally, sinks locally
 •  Spice of life, whiff of death
 •  Weddings on hold as prices crash
 •  Will live ballots revive economy?