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Author: Jaideep Hardikar

A hailstorm of worries

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Sone-Sangvi, Kej, Beed (Maharashtra): The breeze that began to flow around noon on April 6 had by the evening grown into a heavy storm. Then the hails, the size of mangoes, came pelting down, with rain that lasted until the following evening. When the weather finally calmed down, 55-year-old Chandrakant Ikhe began to count his …

Multiple loans and a long summer ahead

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Sheela Rathod was the first to consume a bottle of weedicide in their home. An hour later, as she was being rushed to a government hospital, her husband Mohan, consumed the second bottle. In a span of two hours on December 19, 2015, the husband and wife farmers of 4 acres in their mid-40s lay …

Paddy, what price?

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Recently in Durg, Raipur and Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) Jagdish Ram Nishad’s winter paddy crop is about to be harvested. On his three-acre farm, a few km from his home, green paddy strands stand along the neat rows of cabbage that are now in full bloom. In the last ten years, the 38-year-old farmer in Kopedih village, …

Two Suicides, and the end of a promise

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Recently in Wardha and Yavatmal (Vidarbha, Maharashtra) Moreshwar Chaudhary was 32; Suraj Bhoyar, 29. On a wintry December 8, last, the two cotton growers consumed Monocrotophous, a commonly used pesticide, distraught by failed crops, falling income and mounting loans. Moreshwar was uneducated and married; he left a year-old a son and wife in the middle …