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Once upon a time in Vidarbha…

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Wikipedia: About Vidarbha

Once upon a time in Vidarbha, there were no farmer suicides. Farmers would grow cotton (cash crop) and sell it to the cotton mill owners. The soil, so fertile, made lot of money to the farmers. Everyone, the farmers and the cotton mill owners were happy and life was peaceful.

Then came a day when the politicians saw the happy, rich farmers. Then came a plan from the government to destroy the happy life. Government began spreading the word that the greedy cotton mill owners were looting the poor farmers. Government started intervening the trade between the farmers and the cotton mill owners. The government said they will buy the cotton from the farmers to assure them the right price for theĀ cottonĀ and sell it to the cotton mill owners.

The government then appointed crooks to ‘grade’ the cotton before purchasing it from the farmers. The crooks started accepting money to rate low grade cotton high and high grade cotton low. They started selling the low grade cotton to the mill owners at the rate of high grade cotton. But it couldn’t continue forever. The mill owners had to shut down their mills.

Politicians made millions of rupees.

Corruption destroyed the happy life.

More than 30,000 farmers have committed suicide in Vidarbha in last decade.

The Big K


  1. Gaurav

    February 23, 2010

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    Well said!

    No farmer is happy in Vidarbha.

    And the people, like idiots, elect the same government again and again.

  2. Saandeep

    February 24, 2010

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    Very sad!

    Now regarding electing the government, its not the mistake of people alone.
    only 60 percent of the votes are being casted! Out of which 40 percent are being bought with money!

    People vote by taking money because no one looks for long term gains they only look for short term gain some money some alcohol for that day!

    Sorry for this long comment! but yeah people should change!

  3. Mayur

    February 25, 2010

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    … and you still think we dont deserve a separate statehood? Who the hell were these politicians? They were all from western Maharashtra.

  4. The Big K

    February 25, 2010

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    @Mayur: I don’t know whether separate state would solve the problems. Looking at the current leaders from Vidarbha – they all seem to be hungry vultures. I guess they’d eat Vidarbha than develop it.

  5. kartik

    March 10, 2010

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    Big K you are wrong when you say that leaders in Vidarbha are not capable.
    I am from Nagpur and have been working in Mumbai then Pune for the past 5 years.
    Believe me leaders in West maharashtra are doubly horrible. People and leaders in Vidarbha are atleast sensitive to the plight of poor. west maharashtra only means business, money and no service.

    Lets stand to support the cause of seperate Vidarbha .. thats were our progress is.

  6. The Big K

    March 10, 2010

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    Kartik: I’d have supported Separate Vidarbha state demand only if I had faith in leaders.

    Just that freaky MIHAN project can turn Nagpur into Singapore! But those idiot leaders in Vidarbha won’t let that happen.

    I don’t know about West Maharashtra leaders.

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