a colleague of mine hails from the countryside in Haryana. She was telling me yesterday about how she had just heard of a sad incident. In her village, a 47 yr old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. He had earlier been employed in a small factory but that had closed down some time ago, leaving him dependent on his farm. This year, the unseasonal rain played havoc with the standing crop. Faced with the mounting pressure of ekeing out a living from the soil, he took his own life by hanging himself. He left behind a wife and two children.
The tragedy is unfolding closer and closer to us. Haryana is one of the richer states in India and if its starting to happen here, I shudder to think what it must be like everywhere else.
Oh, and the stock market continues its meteoric rise, breaking all records.
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