Published on Sunday, January 2, 2011 by the Independent/UK
Over the past decade, as crops have failed year after year, 200,000 farmers have killed themselves
by Alex Renton
Naryamaswamy Naik went to the cupboard and took out a tin of pesticide. Then he stood before his wife and children and drank it. "I don't know how much he had borrowed. I asked him, but he wouldn't say," Sugali Nagamma said, her tiny grandson playing at her feet. "I'd tell him: don't worry, we can sell the salt from our table."
Ms Nagamma, 41, showed us a picture of her husband - good-looking with an Elvis-style hairdo - on the day they married a quarter of a century ago. "He'd been unhappy for a month, but that day he was in a heavy depression. I tried to take the tin away from him but I couldn't. He died in front of us. The head of the family died in front of his wife and children - can you imagine?"
Sugali Nagamma and her daughter, Devi, 18, with the
family's drought-hit crops. Sugali's husband killed
himself by swallowing pesticide in front of