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 the cotton 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–