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Indebtedness and Suicides: Field Notes on Agricultural Labourers of Punjab

As tragic and devastating as those among the farmers, suicides among agricultural labourers in the cotton belt of south Punjab have not received the same kind of attention or concern. The author made a fi eld trip in May-June last year to around 20 villages in Sangrur, Bathinda, Barnala and Mansa districts to explore the condition of the landless labourers in the midst of the agrarian crisis, how the economic crisis has unleashed a social calamity, how the widows are faring in the struggle to survive and how the children/ orphans are coping.

Indebtedness and Suicides: Field Notes on Agricultural Labourers of Punjab

Vishav Bharti

As tragic and devastating as those among the farmers, suicides among agricultural labourers in the cotton belt of south Punjab have not received the same kind of attention or concern. The author made a field trip in May-June last year to around 20 villages in Sangrur, Bathinda, Barnala and Mansa districts to explore the condition of the landless labourers in the midst of the agrarian crisis, how the economic crisis has unleashed a social calamity, how the widows are faring in the struggle to survive and how the children/ orphans are coping.

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