Debt and Death in Rural India

Debt and Death in Rural India
The Punjab Story

© 2011 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Debt and Death in Rural India is a study of farmer suicides in rural Punjab from the mid-1980s up to 2008. Based on comprehensive original research work, it examines various factors ranging from central to state policies and critically analyzes political, economic and social trends that led to the dismal condition of the farmers between 1988 and 2008.

This study presents a unique trajectory on the issue of farmer suicides and contextualizes the problem within a historical and geographical framework. It includes interviews of family members of a number of farmers who committed suicide in the subdivision of Sangrur district of Punjab, India, which constitutes the area of the study.

This outstanding work analyzes the interplay of economic and political forces and recommends concrete policy measures to enable Punjab to break out of the vicious farmer-suicide cycle.
Punjab's Land, Rivers and Climate
Cultural Profile of Moonak Subdivision / Dispute over Punjab's River Waters
History of Southeast Punjab / The Demand for Federalism
Punjab versus the Central Government Steamroller
Quantification of Suicides / A Problem Does Not Exist if You Don't Look at It
Rehabilitation and Compensation
Survival Strategies

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ISBN: 9788132106531