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The spectre of suicide

Print edition : September 04, 2015

Eight-month-old Poorvi, daughter of Srinivas, 35, and Kalavathi, 30, of Talakere village in Tumakuru district who committed suicide on their farm on July 26. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Apparently, the government has not even a semblance of a “solution” to the human tragedy that is unfolding. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Minister for Cooperation and Sugar H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, Minister for Agriculture Krishna Byre Gowda (standing) and Minister for Horticulture and Agriculture Marketing Shamanur Shivashankarappa in the State Assembly in Bengaluru on July 24. Photo: K. BHAGYA PRAKASH

A cotton farmer at H.D. Kote in Mysuru district. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

As rural Karnataka reels under an unprecedented wave of suicides by farmers, the State administration looks on, unwilling to address the reasons that have rendered rural livelihoods fragile.

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