When we said its the farmers problem, not ours 


  • When crops failed and crop insurance was denied, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When drought or floods happened and compensation was denied for crop loss, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When an entire region shifted to cash crop based cultivation from food crop, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When minimum support price was not offered in the market, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When govt. hospitals failed to provide primary health care or failed to provide medical help, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When villages remained completely disconnected, away from access to the technology, we said its the villagers problem, not ours
  • When bank loans were denied or second loans were not issued, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When bore wells dried out, ground water depleted, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When indigenous seeds were no longer encouraged and in fact they were strongly discouraged, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When tenant farmers were not acknowledged as farmers despite working on the farm fields for more than 6 months, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When attempts were made to acquire fertile land for industrialization, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When an independent and very capable farmer was reduced and forced to completely depend on the government, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When helplines set up for farmers became completely useless, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When godowns meant for storing food grains left them out in the open, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When agriculture labor started moving out of agriculture and started taking up menial jobs else where, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When subsidies, loan waivers and big election promises are not fulfilled after winning elections, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When farmers started committing suicide, we said its the farmers problem, not ours
  • When processed and packaged food made more money than the actual food produced by the farmer, we said its the farmers problem, not ours

Or may be we never said anything because it’s not our problem. It’s not our problem because no matter what was going on outside of the Facebook walls, the apartment complex, the fast paced metropolitan life, the busy 5 day week schedules, the getaway weekends – we still had food on our plates. So it didn’t matter if the farmer producing the food couldn’t feed his/her own family.

And no we don’t have to quit what we are doing and we don’t have to stage protests or hit the roads, instead let’s ask and let’s fix

  1. The hospitals that don’t treat
  2. The schools that don’t teach
  3. The subsides that only benefit those announcing them
  4. The loans that are never waived
  5. The roads that can never be driven on
  6. The MLA who disappears after getting elected
  7. The MP who never represents the people who elect the MP

It sounds too a lot but in reality if done one hospital at a time, one school at a time, one  village at a time, one ward at a time, one Mandal at a time, one district at a time, one state at a time, one MLA at a time, one MP at a time.

The farming crisis is not a crisis in isolation but it’s a crisis highlighting a collective and systematic failure.

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