In the last seven months 12 farmers have committed suicide in West Bengal because of debt related problems and a crash of the prices of their crops. Many more farmers have been forced to sell their crops under distress at abysmally low prices and some have burnt down their crops in utter frustration. The question is what has ‘changed’ in the state?
"Peepli Live can be accused of the same crime that it accuses the media of – just scratching the surface of all issues it could in an hour and a half without really trying to push the envelope of discourse on any front, neither the role of media, nor agrarian crisis or indeed the crisis of Indian politics itself", says Tejal Kanitkar in a review of the movie in this post.
An overwhelming majority of Vidharbha's farmers do not gain from the farm loan waiver because they are too 'big.' But the IPL waiver goes to some of India's richest millionaires and billionaires. They aren't too big, writes P Sainath.