Nero’s Guests: Why up to 10 farmers per day in India kill themselvesPosted: February 22, 2011
The documentary Nero’s Guests says that almost 200.000 farmerns in India (up to 10 per day) have committed suicide since 1997, driven by debt and distress, and shows the reality of many cotton farmers in India. Here is a clip from youtube.
Pamela Ravasiso has seen the movie and on her blog reports the following:
The documentary follows P. Sainath, the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu newspaper, who is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s most prestigious prize (often referred to as the ‘Asian Nobel’), for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts. The documentary shows him travelling to the rural areas of Maharashtra (the state with Bombay as its capital), encountering families of farmers that have committed suicide, meeting farmers that explain how and why the cotton yield does not cover even their most basic needs for survival, and travelling alongside labourer women disowned of their soil, and who get up at 4am to catch a train by 6am only to spend up to 16 hours doing menial work for the better off. They may not be back home before midnight, and restart their daily routine only a few hours later, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Their children hardly see their mother, with the young ones having forgotten who their mother is by the time they are a toddler.