The world through a village

Print edition : December 08, 2017

Melanmai Ponnusamy. Photo: P. Sainath

Farmers filling up their sacks with chillies in Etivayal village in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu, in 1993. Photo: P. Sainath

A Dalit leather worker in Ramnad, 1993. Such workers, landless labourers and marginal farmers were the characters in Ponnusamy’s stories. Photo: P. Sainath

Melanmai Ponnusamy, one of the most authentic literary voices of the countryside, passed away on October 30. Living in his isolated village in Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu, he predicted the present crisis in agriculture way back in 1993. Text & photographs
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