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12th June, 2010

It was 4 in the evening and it was lightly pouring, when the car suddenly stopped. The passenger who was a lean man in his early thirties, enquired with his driver, the reason for stopping the car. “Sir, some people are blocking the road and I am not able to move the car”, said the driver. “Let me get down and find out what’s happening. I have a meeting in 10 minutes”, thought Mr. Sinha. In a minute, Mr. Sinha got out of the car and was trying to make his way through the gathered crowd, when he saw a fat bellied man beating a little boy who was half-naked aged about 7, with a cane.

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15th February, 1993

A young pale looking boy Raju, wearing just a dhoti and no shirt ran towards the bakery shop from where the aroma of some of his favorite puffs came. The owner had gone out for lunch and Meetu, his worker was fast asleep after a heavy lunch. The boy, who was about 13 years, silently entered the shop and stole a loaf of bread from the shop. As he was about to leave, the owner of the shop seemed to have appeared from nowhere, giving the boy the fright of his life. He beat Raju black and blue for stealing and villagers silently stood there watching this happen. Not even a single soul made an attempt to stop the man. “Thief! He deserved it”, whispered few among themselves.

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12th June, 2010

“Will you stop beating the boy”, shouted Mr. Sinha as he held the hand of the man beating the poor child. “Sir, you don’t interfere with this. He stole bread from my shop. He needs to be thrashed for that”, baker argued.
“I will pay you for that”, said Sinha taking out a 100 Rupee note.

The boy thanked Sinha for helping him and even fell to his feet. Sinha asked the boy to get into his car. Initially, the boy hesitated but later agreed. He was then treated with a luxury lunch at one of the costliest restaurants in town. After having one of the nicest lunches he ever had, the boy confessed, “Sir, I was hungry and I had no money. Unlike other children, I have no parents to feed me. I am an orphan”. Saying this, the boy started crying.

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1st October, 1991

“Please lend me some money. My mother is very sick and I need to get some medicines for her immediately”, pleaded Raju, very thin after having starved for plenty of days.

“Your father had taken a loan of 10,000 Rupees, he never returned them to me. How do you expect me to lend you more? First pay me back my 10,000”, yelled the rich man.
“I will be getting money from the government. I will return the money to you as soon as I get it from them”, the boy said, thinking about the money that was granted by the government to his family. It was 3 years since it had been granted but he had not seen a single Rupee nor had he seen any government official enter the village so far. Not that he was losing any hope.

As he started heading home, he passed the land that had once belonged to his father. Now a huge building was being erected there.

Pic taken from here

“What is it that you are building here? “, the boy found some courage to ask a man in a costly suit wearing Rayban glasses. “We are building a big company here. Do you even know what that is? Illiterate villager”, he muttered under his breath.

Just when Raju reached his house, he saw Kamala aunty, his neighbor there. She was weeping loudly. As soon as she saw the boy, she hugged him and cried “Sorry son, your mother is no more.”

Mother was all that the boy had as part of his family. And today he had lost her as well.

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12th June, 2010

“What did you say your father did?”, Mr.Sinha asked.
“He was a farmer, sir. A very good farmer”, the boy said.
“Whatever happened to your father and mother?”
“My father committed suicide and so did my mother after being unable to pay loans”, saying the boy wiped a tear that had managed to escape from his eyes.

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21st September, 1988

A man had committed suicide in the village. This was not something unusual to have happened in that village or for that matter, in the state or even the country. Lot of people had gathered to mourn for his death. He was one of the youngest people in the village and nobody could believe that he was dead. The press reporters had also gathered, trying to make the news sensational.
Miss Gupta posed in front of the camera and narrated the situation, as her correspondent Chawla was taking interviews. The entire nation was watching this.

The person who had died was a farmer. This year’s drought was responsible for his death. After suffering huge losses, he wanted to buy some seeds so that he could feed his starving family. He had been duped into taking a huge loan from a person who had asked him to just put his thumb impression on a paper in return. The farmer being unable to read what was written in there had blindly put his thumb impression on it. The paper clearly stated that the farmer no longer owned his 10-acre land, but little did he know about that. One fine day, the men who claimed to own the land came with a lot of workers and started construction in his land. How was he even going to feed his wife, his old parents and his son? The poor man unable to see that the only land he owned was being taken away from him, committed suicide. He had wanted his son to become a doctor, so that he could take care of his sick wife.

Another farmer, another suicide, same story! Blame the drought, blame the hunger, blame the huge losses, blame the unpaid loan (bank interests), blame his hungry/famished dependent family. He died because our society never let him live, never wanted him to thrive, never helped him in his hour of need. But we duped him of his land, of his money, of his livelihood, of his life.

“This is probably the fifth farmer who has committed suicide this month”, announced Miss Gupta on her microphone. “What is the government doing to prevent such suicides from happening?”

Pic taken from here

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5th April, 1997

The young orphan Raju, once saw a huge car stand in front of him. A rich couple Mr. and Mrs. Sinha got down from the car and offered to adopt him. He found the parental love, which had been missing from his life for such a long time. That night he looked at the stars and smiled thinking about the heavy dinner he just had for the first time after so many years.

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12th June, 2010

“Son, come with me. I will give you shelter and food”, said Mr. Raju Sinha, the once orphaned, who now had a family to say of his own. It was time for Raju to repay what he had received from his foster parents. It was indeed one of the happiest days of his life so far.

P.S: This is completely a work of fiction.


Author’s notes:

  1. Farmers in our country are dying by committing suicide. In our race for globalization and urbanization, are we totally neglecting our farmers and villages? Aren’t farmers the ones who give us food to eat? 200,000 farmers have ended their lives since 1997. According to wiki, more than 17,500 farmers a year killed themselves between 2002 and 2006. In Karnataka, the number stood at 1,003, since 2005-06 till August 2009. Check the Wiki link here. Why do we let such things happen in an agricultural country? I feel it is time to take some action and make sure no farmer commits suicide in our country. We cannot neglect farmers, just because we have huge companies ruling the country’s economy.
  2. Another problem to be noted down is illiteracy. If we can make every farmer a literate, he would never get tricked into signing a paper without reading it.
  3. We see plenty of orphan children on the streets and these days we have NGOs trying to provide shelter for them. What I would like to see is more and more NGOs doing something for poor children. It’s not just NGOs but even we can do a lot like contributing used clothes or giving some donations to NGOs which are fighting for such causes.
  4. Also it would be nice if every rich person adopted a single orphan child and gave the child food and shelter. It is like giving a new life to a homeless child.

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  1. Leo says:

    me first. this post had a beautiful tone to it.. the twist at the end was brilliant.. the issues you covered — fantastic! amazing! cheers to the Raiders!

    ps: glad we exchanged topics in the end ;)

  2. mahesh kalaal says:

    There is hunger, starvation and death of thousands of hapless farmers behind every corporate luxury and aplomb. There is a painful cry, exploitation and injustice behind every lavish penny we are spending in this consumerist electronic lifestyle. There are mass hungers, starvations and malnutritioned child deaths behind every urbanised superiority complex attitude. There are many hidden, untold tragedies and suicides on every currency note we spend affluently with pride.

  3. mahesh kalaal says:

    Rarely mentioned are the massive subsidies, now larger than ever before, for the Corporate sector. This year alone, the budget gifts over Rs. 500,000 crore in write-offs, direct and indirect, to the Big Boys(Corporate Sector). That’s Rs. 57 crore every single hour on average — almost a crore a minute. Beating last year’s Rs. 30 crore an hour by more than 70 per cent. (Ref: Tables 5 and 12 of the “Statement of Revenue Foregone” section of the budget.)

    So, is it clear how India is producing Billionaires year after year ? How the Corporate Ship floats on the Fat-salary Syndrome? Who is responsible for the 2 lakh farmers suicides in india since 1997? The number is drastically many times more than the people died in terrorist activities? Isn’t the issue more serious than terrorism. Is development at the cost of millions of lives valid, meaningful and Justified ? What is the meaning of having a notion of one country? We are living in the green pastures of golden illusion that we deserve every penny we have earned

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Oh they released so much to the corporate sector? It’s really not justified. Thanks for the info Mahesh. Yeah you are the right. The number of farmer deaths is much more than death due to terrorist attacks too. It’s high time they did something about this issue. There is no use ignoring this problem. Agree with everything you said.

  4. mahesh kalaal says:

    Consider a family of 10 people with 1000 rupees monthly income . They have two choices.

    1. Everyone in the family gets a share of 100 rupees
    2. Only 2 people get 900 rupees and remaining 8 have to share the left over 100 rupees.

    Which choice do you support ?

    Ideally speaking, in an Utopian voice, everyone of us will vote for first choice. Yes, It is easy to choose than to act. But, practically we have been flooded with the benefits and luxuries of fat salaries as the family of India had chosen the second choice of conscious partiality and bias towards the few lakhs corporate people over crores of farmers, since two decades. Ironically we are too busy in branded socialising and accumulating branded e-dump that we have never bothered about the remaining, who have been struggling for survival and existence, since 2 decades.

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Yep just for the sake of saying, people would say No.1 but in reality we do want No.2 and want to be the one who gets 900 rupees. I guess that’s how the human tendency is. No matter how much we have, we always wish for more.

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Yep you are absolutely right. I really liked your passion for this cause Mahesh. Wish we had more and more people like you. Thanks for the link to the NGO. I had a look at it. I will try to get involved in their activities. Thanks Mahesh!!! Thanks for such nice comments.

  5. dmanji says:

    Ashwini you have highlighted a very important issue …rightly said in a agrarian economy like ours…. farmer’s suicide is a very big menace…

  6. Sanchit goyal says:

    Excellent post!! Neatly done. Keeps the reader glued till the end.

    And the back and forth time narration is something interesting just like it was in the movie 500 days of summer!

  7. Smitha says:

    That was very well crafted and ends so positively too.. You have pointed out such relevant facts.. There is indeed so much that we as a society as well as individuals can do..

  8. Deeps says:

    That was very well presented. A happy ending to a socially relevant issue like the one you’ve touched upon in your story brings out a lot of positivity.

    Excellent post!

    Good luck for the contest, Avada :)

  9. tikulicious says:

    A very well documented and nicely presented post Ava. This will stay with me for a long time. I read and then read it again. You have done the team Raiders Proud. Excellent. Best wishes .

  10. lostworld says:

    Sci-fi style here too.. superb. One of a kind. I’m at a loss of words. I enjoyed reading this and liked everything about the story. I was little scared it might be a tragedy but thank God!:-) Good Luck for the contest!

  11. Ashwathy says:

    I saw the ending coming… but the story has been woven wonderfully well :-) Thoroughly enjoyed the switch between the past and present…done very effectively.

    I hate to be a spoilsport…but just a question. In 1988 I wud presume there wouldnt be so many reporters like we do today…private media companies came in post liberalisation in 1991. We used to have a Doordarshan in those days, so that bit just struck me as a little odd. Just thought I’d point that out to you.

    But yes, well-written :-) loved it!

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Thanks Ash :) And thanks for pointing out the flaw. Hehe :) I never thought about that :P Actually initially the plan was to just write 10 years back etc and then at the last time, one of my teammate suggested me to add a date. In that last min confusion, I added some random dates and dint give much notice to the facts :D

  12. Hitesh Rawat says:

    it was different from what i have been reading under the same category…..different way of putting the issues together………….

    Vidarbha farmers have been facing the issues of drought and short monsoons…….farmers commit suicide frequently when not able to pay the loans……..though government do give loans to farmers and if there is any situation like famine and drought they cancel the loan…….but i don’t think many farmer know about that or the plans aren’t being executed well…………

    there was this era,similar to as you mentioned 02-06 when many farmers committed suicide in Karnataka, in vidarbha……..people like Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi visited…….and Minister of Agriculture did announce about relief package….also it’s his constituency ……

    though i don’t hear much news like this now…..hope “Aal Iz Well” now….

    hope farmers in Vidarbha and Karnataka could also put in latest farming techniques like haryana and Punjab farmers….and not depend on monsoon

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Thanks Hitesh :)
      Yep agree. Also what I have read in newspapers etc is that these aids from the govt hardly reach the farmer families. Yeah I remember these suicides had reached its peak during those years. Even last year, it had happened. Thankfully, this year it has started raining and hopefully we wont face such issues.
      The problem in Karnataka etc is that the water comes from one or two rivers and once they dry up, there is no way to get any water, other than from rains. In some of the states, there are perennial rivers which have their source in Himalayas etc.

  13. Neha says:

    Oh darn, the comment party is almost over..I am so late to read this wonderful piece..great one darling..I loved the way you presented it..good luck :)))))

  14. pushpee says:

    I feel bad when children suffer and its always they who suffer the most, India should really fight poverty on war foot so that farmers are given their proper rights and children grow up to take interest in farming and not migrate to unknown land and face starvation…a thought provoking post :)))

  15. Pal says:

    And that made an excellent post!! Liked the presentation.. unique.. though I felt there was too much going back and forth in time, still, the overall impression was great.

  16. Bikram says:

    very nice indeed .. sad story about the farmers the state they are in.. its a ripple effect one thing leads to another ..

    loved ur post ALL the best for BPL .. a really nice one …

  17. kanagu says:

    I loved your take on this AK.. :) :) I can’t think of any other than essay for this :D :D

    the fiction is nice and message conveyed is powerful… really its one of the issues which may leave our country in tantrums… without food what we going to do…

  18. Harini says:

    Firstly, please delete the above comment. That was mistake. SO sorry :(.

    Secondly, a very good post. Its a pity state that farmers are living in, in our country. I know a few farming families and they say they are being looted. And i agree :)

    I recently visited my cousin in village and when i saw conditions families were living i felt sad and happy. Sad for them and happy for the life that i have.

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Hehe.. you laughed at the wrong post :) :D
      Thanks Harini :) Glad you liked it.. I have never been to a village but reading about them and the farmer suicides really made me think.. whenever there is a drought, such sad things happen..

  19. Prasad says:

    Well written with like the narration in the movie Pulp fiction.
    While exploiting the reason, our govt. never created opportunities to the people, so the self-employed need to fight back which led to competition and selfishness. It starts from the lack of awareness, poor literacy, urbanization, the middle men aka brokers, corporate take over of domestic goods, importing grain & milk (!), chemically enhanced seeds, adultrated fertilizers, power supply failures, poor irrigation, ‘moden’ people’s negligance, even we ourselves and a lot more.
    Maharastra, which boasts as the richest state in India, has the most number of farmer suicides but they have spent most of the money towards Mumbai & Pune, while nothing well known about the other places in such a huge state. Recently, they spent 100crs for a bridge to save 40 mins of traffic. 40mins in the cost of numerous lives. Still I can spot a numerous slums in Pune, one in 3 km. Same in Karnataka, with B’lore as a sole developed city. Just urbanization alone exploits a heavy pay from our nation’s backbone. Again a blog is required to write about every reason mentioned above.
    The only hope is to make awareness as much as possible to the younger generation to get into the ‘real’ reality. But our great media driven people are going towards someting else. Only time gives the answer.

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Thanks Prasad :) Yep our only hope lies with the younger generation.. hopefully situation is gonna change when our generation become decision makers.. All we can is try to spread awareness.. like you said only time can give the answer :|

  20. Destination Infinity says:

    The people who do this to farmers will repent it when food becomes so costly for everyone. The root cause of all the evils in our society is the thought that oneself will not be affected by whatever even one commits. But life makes people realize that the thought was wrong, but much later when they cannot do any thing about it.

    Nice story. I can vote in the link now :) I have also written one story in the same style – http://www.destinationinfinity.org/2008/01/19/robot/
    But that is science fiction. Well, its more fiction than science actually! :)

    Destination Infinity

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