Crops to corpse: the farmer’s plight

No farmers, No food, No future’

enfoco-8-copy1PHOTO CREDIT: SHOUN HILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Most of us have read this catchphrase and have nodded an aye.

India was one nation whose economic backbone rested primarily on agriculture and till date remains the 2nd largest global agricultural output and food needs.

Unfortunately the theme of modern humanity is to always let something integral and vital have a painfully slow death, and wake up to fight the cause when our present day and future turn grimly bleak. And each of us have an equal hand in such.

Over the past couple of months, the Tamil Nadu farmers have been staging protests in the country’s capital, against the over 150 farmer suicides across the state and the tens and thousands of such sad ends across the country, spread over the years.

Their demands are for farmer pensions, farm loan waivers, drought relief packages, crop insurance and fair, remunerative prices for their produce. In an earnest attempt to get the government and the public’s attention to this issue, they have laid out their plight by re-staging the suicides, mock funerals and protesting half-clad with skulls around their necks.

Here is a promo for a compelling and moving documentary aiming to bring their cause and protest to greater light. Hopefully this weaves into our consciences, conversations and catapults a change in the sluggishly slow governance policies.

This issue strikes close to home for me, not just because the story unfolds close to home. My grandparents though adapted well into their city lives and adopted city jobs, proudly wore it on their sleeves and never quit on agriculture. I’ve seen this passion alive and bright in my parents and they made sure their children inherited this love for farming along with their chromosomes. Memories and mental images resurface to haunt me here miles away, leaving me helpless and with guilt for being just a silent spectator.

Sharing this documentary is my mere weak bit yet the first bit to do my small part. Let’s not dismiss their pain and story as mere theatrics/dramatized protests but stop, listen and acknowledge their suffering. This least minimal effort from each of us could add on to butterfly effect much needed in their redressal and rebuilding.
#SaveFarmers, #KolaiVilayumNilam #farmerstate # foodmatters #farming #agriculture #farms #heritage

 

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