Paul J. Mills, Tiffany Barsotti, Meredith A. Pung, Kathleen L. Wilson, Laura Redwine, and Deepak Chopra Gratitude, along with love, compassion, empathy, joy, forgiveness, and self-knowledge, is a vital attribute of our wellbeing. While there are many definitions of gratitude, at its foundation, gratitude is a healing, life-affirming, and uplifting human experience that shifts us […]
I read with horror this morning that over 1,500 farmers in India committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure.
The crop failures, which took place in the agricultural state of Chattisgarh, was hit by falling water levels. Nearby forest depletion and poorly planned government dam projects contributed to the falling water level. Combined with the vicious money-lending schemes that are prevalent in the region, many farmers felt that death was the only option in the face of insurmountable debt. Suicides by Indian farmers have been an ongoing reality for years — Vandana Shiva, an Intent Voice, friend and someone I admire tremendously for her advocacy of the land and its people wrote an article over 10 years ago about farmers committing suicide due to debt.
Mallika Chopra blogs regularly at Intent.com