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Nation's food bowl in crisis

By Anosh Malekar

When the state that was the country's biggest agricultural success story in the 1970s tops the list of indebted farmers, it is obvious that there is something very rotten in the state of agriculture in the country. A three-part series that looks at the agriculture crisis in India's food bowl, Punjab

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The killing fields

By Anosh Malekar

Rani Kaur's husband committed suicide in 2003. Before that her eldest brother-in-law, Aloo Singh, took his own life in 1993, followed by another brother-in-law, Gurutej Singh, in 1996. In 2004, Gurutej's son, Kala Singh, ended his life. There have been 81 farmer suicides in Balran village alone in Punjab's Sangrur district, but the government still has no policy to deal with the worsening situation

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In the name of the Guru

By Anosh Malekar

The Nanak Kheti movement to reclaim the natural method of farming practised in the Punjab of yore, hopes to restore the degraded soil, lower input costs, and return farming to being a sustainable activity for the farmer

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