IMAGE STORY

IMAGE STORY - Vidarbha
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Wardha District / 28 March 2010
    Vidarbha landscape.

    Photograph by PRASHANT PANJIAR - LIVEWIRE IMAGES
     
    Prashant Panjiar,  indisputably one of India’s best known photographers, and certainly among its most erudite and articulate. After starting out as an industrial photographer in Poona, self-taught Prashant worked for India’s two best magazines, India Today and Outlook, where he brought a rare editorial streak to photography.
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    Prashant Panjiar
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Yavatmal District / Pandharkawada Tehsil / 28 March 2010
    Body of Vijay Thamke, a farmer from Sonbardi village who committed suicide, in the mortuary of the Pandharkda hospital.
    Photograph by PRASHANT PANJIAR - LIVEWIRE IMAGES
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    Prashant Panjiar
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Bhandara District / Tumsar Tehsil / 26 March 2010

    The home of Pritilal Thakre, a farmer from Dongrala village who committed suicide.
    Pritilal Thakre, 55, of Dongrala village had taken a loan of Rs. 200000/-  from a local cooperative bank in 1994 to buy a tractor. Even though he repaid twice the amount, the bank insisted that the loan was outstanding and threatened to attach his family land against which the loan was taken. Thakre asked for a settlement but the bank was not interested. Depressed, and ashamed this otherwise prosperous farmer poisoned himself with pesticide on 24 March 2010.

    7300 farmers have committed suicide in the Vidarbha region of the Indian province of  Maharashtra since 1997. Economic liberalization with no safety net, higher costs of genetically modified seeds & agricultural inputs, truant monsoons & depleted water-tables, aspirations that farm incomes cannot sustain and indebtedness are some of the reasons cited for these suicides. Coming after 2 failed harvests, 204 farmers have already killed themselves in the first 3 months of 2010. As the sowing season approaches, more will follow.

    © Prashant Panjiar / Anzenberger
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    Prashant Panjiar
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Bhandara District / Tumsar Tehsil / 26 March 2010
    Portrait of Priti Lal Thakre, a farmer who committed suicide, in Dongrala village.

    Photograph by PRASHANT PANJIAR - LIVEWIRE IMAGES
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    Prashant Panjiar
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Chandrapur District / Warora Tehsil / 27 March 2010
    The clothes of Arun Satpute, a farmer who committed suicide, still hang in his home in Bhatadi village.

    Photograph by PRASHANT PANJIAR - LIVEWIRE IMAGES
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    Prashant Panjiar
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Chandrapur District / Warora Tehsil / 27 March 2010
    Family of Arun Satpute, a farmer who committed suicide, in Bhatadi village. The borewell in his field for which he took a loan.

    Photograph by PRASHANT PANJIAR - LIVEWIRE IMAGES
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    Prashant Panjiar
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Yavatmal District / Kelapur Tehsil / 27 March 2010
    The room and ceiling where Lakshman Tekam hanged himself in his home in Mangi village.

    Photograph by PRASHANT PANJIAR - LIVEWIRE IMAGES
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    Prashant Panjiar
  • Prashant Panjiar
    INDIA / Maharashtra / Yavatmal District / Pandharkawada Tehsil / 28 March 2010
    The body of Vijay Thamke, a farmer from Sonbardi village who committed suicide, lies on the ground as his funeral pyre is prepared nearby.

    Vijay Thamke, 45 years, had a 3 acre fruit farm in the Sonbardi village. His crop began to fail over 2 years of drought. Unable to cope he stopped paying the installments on his 6 year old crop loan. Pressed for cash for the family's daily needs and worried that he would not be able to get his daughter's married, he began drinking and finally killed himself after a binge of alcohol laced with pesticide on 27 March 2010.

    7300 farmers have committed suicide in the Vidarbha region of the Indian province of  Maharashtra since 1997. Economic liberalization with no safety net, higher costs of genetically modified seeds & agricultural inputs, truant monsoons & depleted water-tables, aspirations that farm incomes cannot sustain and indebtedness are some of the reasons cited for these suicides. Coming after 2 failed harvests, 204 farmers have already killed themselves in the first 3 months of 2010. As the sowing season approaches, more will follow.

    © Prashant Panjiar / Anzenberger
    Photo Credits:
    Prashant Panjiar