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[–] rhava 2 points 77 points (+79|-2) ago 

don't kill yourselves do something about it. Have a revolution if your gonna kill yourself 25,000 person revolution is way more powerful than 25,000 people killing themselves.

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[–] Intestinal_Parasites 1 points 27 points (+28|-1) ago 

I don't think you understand India. There is very limited empathy with the lower classes. It is the dharma of people suffering in poverty, to continue to live in poverty. Interfering with the natural order of that would cause chaos. People here do get upset at a lower class person becoming successful.

A revolutionary attempt would be as unsuccessful as the rest of the current revolutionary movements here. There is no hope. Suicide is all these people have to bargen with.

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[–] grlldcheese 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Well, shit.

What about burning their own crops?

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[–] canbot 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Why would anyone care if they kill themselves? If they go after the rich, that will get some attention.

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[–] Captain_Tightpants 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

then fuck trying to win, sometimes it is enough to simply punish the assholes responsible, they may not be able to change india, but 25,000 people kill can kill a lot of greedy motherfuckers and destroy a lot of infrastructure before being stopped. hell they are farmers they could salt their own fields and kill nearly everyone above them.

ALWAYS DOUBLE DOWN ON EVIL.

When you are already dead, no reason not to make it count.

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[–] BOTUS 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes. The social structure here is so very different from other countries.. has been since its origin. The structure that is made up of classes which divide people based on much more than just money. This is a systematic problem and must be fixed by those who understand their social structure. It will take much more than just an angry mob of people trying to start a revolution.

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[–] Fraiture 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago 

Right? Fuck if i'll go down without at least trying to get back at the source of the pain.

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[–] TruthSemen 4 points 17 points (+21|-4) ago 

I dunno man. Did you read your horoscope today?

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[–] iamrage 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

25,000 people constitutes a small army... just sayin'

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[–] rhava 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

yes the answer is yes

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[–] savageslav 1 points 32 points (+33|-1) ago 

Just imagine how desperate one must be to sign a petition threatening to kill him self!

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[–] josemon 1 points 29 points (+30|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Indian farmers have one of the worse lives of all the free people in the Planet. I am not an expert, but from the few things I read about it it sounds like a combination of corporate interest, the monsoon being capricious and the huge population of India making them disposable. Also cultural prejudiced against farmers.

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[–] TruthSemen 1 points 19 points (+20|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I thought about this as I recently watched (yet another) documentary about Pyongyang, North Korea. It was soul-wrenching, and I'm talking about watching a business meeting. A man at the head of the table read the typical propaganda from a script, about how the imperialists had caused an energy shortage, and that they had to do more with less. Then a woman stood up, and lambasted herself (also on script) for being a bad manager, and that it was all her fault, and that she would try harder despite being an abject failure at her job, and derelict in her duties to the Sun-God Kim.

I thought, how the fuck do these assholes keep from blowing their brains out?

Then I remembered David Attenborough, talking about lichen that has existed for millions of years with no apparent purpose. "Life," he explained, "seems to defeat all odds and find purpose simply in living."

He never fully explained why sentient beings are willing to live like lichen, of course.

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[–] ginx2666 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Also cultural prejudiced against farmers.

...how can you be prejudiced against people who literally make food you put on the table, holy shit. A nation that doesn't respect its farmers has no right to live.

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[–] praguepride 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Change.org takes a dark turn...

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[–] 1F4A9 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not very, but very much so to follow though on that threat.

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[–] Intestinal_Parasites 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't have to imagine. I can see it out my window.

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[–] Arotaes_Forgehammer 3 points 16 points (+19|-3) ago 

Let's see how many go through with it.

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[–] Rummel 10 points 1 points (+11|-10) ago 

!remindme 1 day

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[–] Intestinal_Parasites 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The Jain temple, near my house, had to close off their one tower, because people kept jumping off of it.

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[–] TruthSemen 3 points 1 points (+4|-3) ago 

Darwin would have a chuckle.

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[–] ginx2666 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

None. It's just trying to turn attention to them, nothing more.

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[–] AnTi90d 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

When the TVA flooded people's farmland to make their dams, here, a lot of our old farmers protested by staying in their homes as the waters rose, drowning them.

They didn't hang themselves, years later, though.

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[–] FlintRockBone 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I read the title and thought it was bullshit, but god damn, these people are killing themselves at an alarming rate. I mean how fucked up do things have to be before you will hang yourself as a form of protest?

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[–] josemon 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

Ask Monsato. I am not expert but I heard they are partially responsible. Still being a farmer in India has always been a gamble because of the volatility of the Monsoon.

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[–] Tarhun 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

The suicides of farmers because of monsnato's evil corporate devil magic is most likely what you are referring to (ie their corporate practices caused many financial hardships on poor Indian farmers).

Make of this as you will

I don't like wikipedia but this is a good starting point.

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[–] CobaltThoriumG 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Things are always fucked up in the third world.

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[–] hams_in_the_air_now 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Pasted from the article:

Farmers killing themselves is a troublingly common issue in India. In 2012, 13,754 farmers committed suicide, representing 11 percent of all suicides,the government reported. In 2015 so far, 1,300 farmers have committed suicide in the Maharashtra state alone, according to the Times of India.

I don't know how reliable the Times of India is, but if 1300 is in the ballpark that's 5-6 farmers a day in this area alone.

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[–] AwesomeKid 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

if you think they won't do it. I have a indian friend that told me once that hundreds of people killed themselves in india due to an actor being fired from a soap series. Can you imagine if it is something so important as your job, food, livelihood.

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[–] Reow 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

Let them. If you give into their demands they will try it again and again. If you call their bluff and they refuse to go through with it, their position is completely undermined. If you call their bluff and they do go through with it, then the vocal dissenters go away.

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[–] PiercingAjarDolphin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It does sound logical, except for one thing. If this event spooks the rest of the population, you might have a riot on your hands.. and then what?

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[–] Reow 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I think you over estimate how much the average person battling to survive in a third-world shithole cares about their compatriot. We see a constant barrage of news about rapes and murders and whatnot going on in India, yet other than the occasional local uprising there's no reaction from them. Considering these people lost their farmland and seem to be incapable of finding another way to contribute to society, I doubt their absence would be missed by anyone other than their immediate families.

I'm not saying their suicides is desirable nor that justice has been served, simply that governments can't afford to give into threats.

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[–] stabbymcgoo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Mein fuher is right!

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