Opinion | Is ‘farmer suicide’ fake news, but of the good folks?
The perception is deeply rooted and wide that India's farmers commit suicide because of debt and poverty
One measure of human misery in India is a state secret. The government has not released a figure—how many farmers or farm workers in India killed themselves every year since 2015. This suicide demographic is important to activists who have successfully developed a phenomenon called “farmer suicides" to promote the fiction or half-truth that India’s farmers and landless farm labourers kill themselves because of debt and poverty.