Since 1995, a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide - the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history. Most of them were cotton farmers from Vidarbha in Maharashtra. Once known for its fine cotton, it is now called the 'graveyard of farmers'. The escalating cost of inputs like seed, fertiliser and pesticide has made farming unsustainable. In the summer, the lack of resources or institutional credit for sowing the fields drives poor farmers to end their lives. In the winter, the depressed rates of cotton become the proverbial last straw. While the state and the media label these deaths as suicide, the cotton fields of Vidarbha remain a mute witness to genocide.
Awards: Gold Award for Script at the IDPA Awards-2011
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