In A Nation Pained By Farmers’ Suicides

Dec 11, 2016 OUTLOOK

An ongoing Delhi event on India’s pastoral groups focuses on new-age dynamics of Gujarat’s Kutch

Why don’t animal-herders commit suicide? Well, unlike with farmers, mobility enables pastoralists to overcome the vagaries of nature. A constant change of livelihood plots is integral to their age-old ethos steeped in hardships.

India has no less than 6% nomadic livestock farmers among its 1.33 billion people. Yet it was only this month the country saw efforts to take a holistic view of its pastoralists from across regions, by providing a common platform for interdisciplinary ideas so as to catalyse pertinent grassroots initiatives. Read more>

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