Bundelkhand—the worst place in India to be a farmer9 min read 27 Apr 2015, 12:21 AM IST
How farmers in chronically drought-prone Bundelkhand made the rational choices to improve their lot and yet ended up in a debt trap
Banda/New Delhi: “I have made up my mind. I cannot repay my loans. I cannot free my land. I will die," Ram Bahadur Singh said, with a casual chuckle. The neighbours seated around did not react; after all, this was not the first time that the 52-year-old from Banda district in Uttar Pradesh had talked about taking his life. Similar thoughts have, in recent months, crossed their minds, too, especially after unseasonal rain ravaged standing crops this year, adding to a debt crisis.
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