Frustrated farmers in Maharashtra

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    41 border districts in Maharashtra have threatened to agitate to be merged to Karnataka frustated by lack of support from their state govt. Grass is perhaps greener on the Karnataka side for these unfortunate folk as N Karnataka is also reeling under drought. I hope Maharashtra govt takes some concrete steps to help its people instead of helicopter politics wherein politicians from Mumbai and Delhi come and make false promises and then disappear. Maharashtra leaders need to stop concentrating on Mumbai alone as the cash cow. One callous ex-CM of Maharashtra has said magnanimously after a particular farmer suicide that we did not put a case of suicide against the farmer! Maharashtra continues to top the charts in farmer suicides with increasing numbers while most other states report a drop in farmer suicides. Maharashtra and states like Karnataka must study why Gujarat despite being arid does not have farmer suicides in appreciable numbers.


    Drought-hit Maharashtra villages losing patience
    With little assistance forthcoming, 41 of them have been threatening to push for merger with Karnataka
    Malabai Solankar has been waiting since six a.m. on Saturday to collect fodder at a makeshift depot in Sordi village in Sangli's Jath taluka. Now well past noon, she is struggling to not to lose her patience, as are others gathered there. Located on the Maharashtra border, Sordi is part of 41 villages that have been threatening to push for merger with neighbouring Karnataka if the Maharashtra government fails to provide relief in view of the current drought.
    In the last one month, politicians have paid them visits and promised relief from the government but nothing has transpired.
    “Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena executive president ) had come yesterday (Friday ), and he told us not to go into Karnataka. He promised that we would get help from the government. But how long will we wait?” Malabai asks. “This is the first time we are getting subsidised fodder in the last two months. We have been starving ourselves so that our cattle get food. We cannot afford to have them dying,” she says.
    Asked if she would support the Gram Panchayat's move to be a part of Karnataka, she says: “What else can we do? We are tired of the government. Assurances don't mean anything unless there is concrete follow-up action.” Pomegranate farmer Pandurang Kale echoes her sentiment, saying: “The Ministers have turned our villages into drought-tourism spots. They come and see and tell us they will come back. We haven't even been getting water tankers on time. They promise to send the tankers every day, but we only get water once in three days.”
    Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had also visited the region in the last month. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi visited the neighbouring district of Satara.
    “The Ministers come and then blame each other. We would have benefited more if the money spent on their trips was utilised for providing water,” Prakash Sopale says. “I spent Rs. 20,000 on digging a well, but even at 1,000 feet we didn't get any water. Even my pomegranate fields have gone dry. I cannot spend any more on keeping them alive.”
    According to him, the Karnataka government reportedly takes better care of its people. “They get free seeds, and in drought areas the electricity bill is waived. They get enough water, and don't have to struggle like us,” he says.
    State pride
    For some though, the pride of being in Maharashtra is more important than anything else. “How can we leave Maharashtra? It would be a great shame to the State if we did. Besides, what is the guarantee that things will be better there?” Pandurang Kale asks. But he admits that this year has been the toughest to live through. “There is no electricity for 12 hours a day. Even if we dig a well, we cannot lift the water. We have not even got wages for the past ten weeks for working in the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS),” he says.
     
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    The leaders of Maharashtra have seriously let down the state in a big way. Yesterday I was seeing on Television that Satara is reeling under severe drough, Rahul Baba is asking for special package, while this region has some of the largest dams in Maharashtra. If the dams are in this region then what is the problem, why are the farmers facing this situation?

    It is time for the people of Maharashtra to ask their leaders, across the political spectrum, for some accountability on the current situation.
     
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    panduranghari Senior Member Senior Member

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    The sooner the common man gets rid of the sugar barons who control the politics, the sooner the things may change. But there is no credible alternative. Only if Anna Hazare can show us the way forward.
     
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    OneGrimPilgrim Senior Member Senior Member

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    whr invaders hv been eulogised, heroes binned!!
    can't the the ways of some villages in Maharashtra, which were earlier in similar conditions, but thanks to co-operative efforts in creating water-reservoirs/rainwater-catchment ponds, canals, etc., be emulated? ofcourse, i guess the drive would've to be initiated by some well-meaning people/NGOs.
     
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    whr invaders hv been eulogised, heroes binned!!
    anyway, two actors (and probably a few unknown people too) are contributing towards the betterment of these villagers - Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure. not only have they donated money to several families, but also counselled the people not to take such drastic steps (suicide).
     
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    Rowdy Co ja kurwa czytam! Senior Member

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    that's just feminist bull$hit..... :lol:
    There is more to life than inter gender relations. and the boogeyman "patriarchy"
     
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    Mad Indian Proud Bigot Veteran Member Senior Member

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    If only these women were fucked better by their hubbies/bfs etc they would not be so frustrated to bitch about feminism and patriarchy everywhere. Hmmm....
     
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    Rowdy Co ja kurwa czytam! Senior Member

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    When ever a chick goes all womens rights I feel she needs a good d**k
     
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    whr invaders hv been eulogised, heroes binned!!
    incidentally, if a man drops his 'masculine burden' (deliberately or otherwise, or out of an inborn lack of interest in being the traditional tattu) and tries to be take a breather, the woman would lose no time in taunting and taunting, screaming & eating his brains out till kingdom come (about his apparent lack/disinterest in adhering to/falling short of the 'masculine expectations' of the women/society)! too many examples of that spanning MANkind's history. was re-watching the movie 'C Kkompany' y'day, and its full of such instances; got instantly reminded of it just now. and another one is 'Aankhon Dekhi' which i re-watched today.

    Tapatalked!
     

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