Farmers’ Suicides in India: A Policy Malignancy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Farmers’ Suicides in India

A Policy Malignancy, 1st Edition

By P. C. Bodh

Routledge India

244 pages

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This book locates the malignant causes behind the factors leading to farmers’ suicides in India. It argues that a combination of innovative managerial and economic policies is required to make farming profitable, while maintaining food production within the carrying capacity of soil, water, forests, and economic and social resources. It brings together diverse themes, such as farming development and suicide statistics, and the developmental inertia evident in farmers’ welfare policy history. The book stresses on the need to go beyond the narrow crop-economics of minimum support price utility to recognizing the farm-household economic nature of farming, reinventing the uniqueness of farmers as a productive class engaged in converting cosmic elements into food, and adopting the budgetary support approach to bail out the farmers from the suicidal, debt-multiplying, production support approach.

Lucid and topical, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of political studies, political sociology, agricultural economics, political economy, public policy, sociology, agrarian and rural development studies, as also to policy analysts, governmental bodies and civil society activists.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Abbreviations

Preface and Acknowledgements

Part 1: Genesis

1. Demystifying Farmers’ Suicide

2. The Farming Horror Statistics

3. Is Farmers’ Suicide a Growth Tragedy?

4. The Indian Farmer Now and Then in Godan

Part 2: Probing into the Matter

5. Failure of Policy Far Sight or Myopia?

6. Suicide Trends and Conventional Agricultural Outlook

7. An Outcome Analysis: X-Raying Farm India

8. National Policy for Farmers 2007: An Action–Impact Matrix Analysis

9. Farmers’ Suicide and Drought-Prone Districts

Part 3: Beyond Surveys and Their Findings

10. What Should Form the Core Areas of Concern?

11. The Welfare Focus

12. The Socio-Philosophical Insights

13. Farmers’ Suicide in Australia

Part 4: Humanizing Farm Economics

14. Redeeming Agriculture’s Inviolability

15. Crop Viability or Household’s Viability?

16. Triple Bottom Line Farming, not Sustainability Fanaticism

Part 5: Innovative Economic Policy: Beyond Science and Technology

17. Innovative Managerial Solution

18. The Internet-worked Farmers’ Welfare Scheme (IWFW)

19. Farmers’ Budgetary Plank Approach

20. Conclusions and Policy Prescriptions



About the Author

P. C. Bodh is an Indian Economic Service officer of the 1987 batch and currentlySenior Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India. He was formerly Director, Planning Commission. With 30 years of experience in six ministries of the Government of India, he has significantly contributed to policy making, research management and monitoring, and initiated the India Agricultural Outlook Forum. He has several academic and literary books to his credit, and has been editing and managing the Ministry’s flagship publications: monthly journal Agricultural Situation in India, and reports such as Agricultural Statistics at a Glance, State of Indian Agriculture and Glimpses of Indian Agriculture (2018).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General