Robbed of Land, Reeling Under Debt
Farmers in the Firing Line
Farmers' suicides continue unabated in Vidarbha, even as the PM makes a visit to the region, and Kamal Nath claims to defend interests of distressed farmers at WTO. And after workers at Gurgaon and tribals at Kalinganagar, this time it is farmers in Bajhera Khurd western UP who face police brutality as they seek to defend their land against rapacious corporates. We examine this script of displacement and despair, and the stirrings of protest that strive to challenge it....Full text
Manmohan's Vidarbha Visit:
Farmers' Suicides Unabated
Manmohan's visit to Vidarbha was meant to create confidence that the UPA Government was indeed a ‘Caring' Government, whose heart bled for suicidal farmers. But the effect was considerably marred by the farmers' outcry that in Vidarbha, it is Congress MLA Dilip Sananda and his family who are the most ruthless moneylenders in the region!
“Kamal Nath's Walkout A Cheap Drama”
S P Shukla, former Commerce Secretary and India's representative at GATT talks, is an ardent campaigner against imperialist globalisation. In this interview with Liberation, he talks about whether the Prime Minister's relief package is likely to alleviate cotton farmers' suicides, and the implications of Commerce Minister Kamal Nath's walkout of the WTO talks at Geneva for Indian agriculture and peasantry. ....Full text