Gujarat's growth

Hype and hard facts

Print edition : March 08, 2013

A drought-hit cotton field in Saurashtra. Around 35 lakh hectares of cotton and groundnut crops have been destroyed owing to the lack of timely rains in Saurashtra . Photo: photographs by ANUPAMA KATAKAM

Bharat Jhala, the RTI activist who exposed farmers' suicides in Saurashtra. A cotton farmer himself, Jhala is fighting for loan waivers and more subsidies for agriculture. Photo: ANUPAMA KATAKAM

The spate of suicides by farmers in Saurashtra and continuing agrarian distress give the lie to Narendra Modi’s assertions of Gujarat being a developed State. Text & photographs

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