Thursday, September 11, 2014

Teachers' views on cotton farmer suicides

This morning Uzramma gave a talk on Handlooms to about 80 teachers from Government schools all over the country, as part of a course on Crafts at the Centre for Cultural Resources & Training, Hyderabad. The issue that got the most resonance was that of suicides of cotton farmers. Uzramma tried to involve the participants in looking for underlying causes, rather than the apparent reasons for the suicides: the fact that farmers today are forced to grow only the one kind of cotton that mechanized spinning uses, a variety of cotton that is unsuited to Indian soils and climates.

All were agreed that it is a matter of great shame to the country that the suicides continue. 

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