Comment by agricultural activist:
"There was a time when our leaders gave us slogans like 'jai jawaan; jai kisaan' (long live the soldier; long live the farmer)... later, with the whole emphasis on technology and nuclear weapons, they got 'jai vigyaan' (long live science) added to the slogan. Nowadays, the attitude seems to be "jai jawaan; jai vigyaan; bhaaD mein gaya kisaan" (long live the soldier; long live science; to hell with the farmer!!)"
Just a comment.
Probably just a reactionary 'quote', spoken in anger. It's coming from a place of frustration and fear, I'm guessing. But it frightens me a little to think that there's anger coming from the place where my food comes from.
And anger there is. A mounting anger.
There are reasons for this anger. There must be. 7000 people (and those are old figures, from older estimates) don't just up and kill themselves. Not without reason...
And how long before large-scale suicide turns into large-scale violence? How much time do we have, I'm wondering.