Ramrao: The Story of India’s Farm Crisis


Author: Jaideep Hardikar

9789354223013 | PB | pp. 272 | 2021 | HarperCollins

Ramrao narrates the story of an Indian farmer’s life over the last couple of years. In doing so he brings to light their struggles in the ongoing farm crisis.

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Ramrao is a moving account of the farm crisis prevalent in India. Jaideep Hardikar He takes the reader on a journey of the everyday life of an Indian farmer, his daily struggles, his desperation to come out of his situation, his inability and many failings, the quagmire of issues he faces, and how he comes to a pass where he chooses to put an end to it all.

In Maharashtra there have been a spate of farmer of farmer suicides. Ramrao tells the story of one such farmer who miraculously survived.

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About the Author

The author is a Nagpur-based senior journalist, writer, researcher and a core member of the People’s Archive of Rural India. He has reported extensively from Vidarbha on farmer suicides and the cotton crisis for more than a decade. He has worked with DNA and The Telegraph among other publications.

He is the winner of several journalism fellowships and awards, including the Sanskriti Award for young journalists, which he received in 2003 for his reportage on rural issues. In 2009, he travelled to the US under the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship programme and worked with Sun Sentinel in South Florida.

He is also the author of A Village Awaits Doomsday (2013) on the lives of people displaced by government and private projects across the country. It was born of his travels under the K.K. Birla Foundation Media Fellowship in 2001. He won the prestigious New India Foundation fellowship in 2021 for research for his next book.


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