Farmers' Suicides in India: Magnitudes, Trends and Spatial Patterns

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( Posted with the kind permissione of "Macroscan - an alternative economics webcentre" http://www.macroscan.com/).

Given the very large number of suicides by farmers in various parts of India over the last decade, there is a need to probe the issue by utilizing a data source which would provide a comprehensive, nation-wide picture. This paper is a modest attempt to fill that gap. Its basic objective is to put together, and carry out a preliminary analysis on, the secondary data that are available on farmers’ suicides in the country. The paper studies, first, the magnitude and trends in farmers’ suicides in India over 1997-2006; and second, the regional patterns, if any, in the incidence and trends in these suicides.

 

 

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