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What’s behind the spate of farmer suicides in India?


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Sreya BANERJEE

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Diya GUPTA

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Thomas DENIS

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Adil BHAT

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Sohail KHAN

Agriculture is the largest employer in India, with nearly 50 percent of the country’s workforce employed in it in one form or another. But this crucial sector is reeling from a spate of farmer suicides – one of the highest rates in the world. Our correspondents report from Punjab, India’s breadbasket and one of the worst affected states, to find out what’s behind this tragic phenomenon.



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