The Farmers


“Between 1995 and 2006, official records indicate that 166,304 farmers died by suicide in India (∼16,000 per year) and that at its peak, ∼18,000 farmers were taking their own lives every year.” Yet globalisation in India has led to a rise in franchise-led stores being opened in India and the increase of fast food and delivery services, that leads to a decrease in the number of people who want to make food using fresh produce from the framer’s markets. At least 10,349 people working in the farm sector ended their lives in 2018, accounting for 7.7 per cent of the total number of suicides in the country which was 1,34,516, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). This illustration delves into the ‘ease of living’ that I witnessed in the United Kingdom and the indirect relation it has toward the rising imbalance in the society that I witnessed in India.

Words on the road sign read:

Corn Exchange 1km

Rail Station 3km

Bharat (India) 7793km