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While India buys more arms suicides in India rise

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India is riding THE hobbyhorses of ACTOR Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide and China’s intrusion across the Line of Actual Control (though denied by Indian prime minister in All-Party conference). China’s concocted trespass across the LAC, and warning shots in air (denied by China) were used AS ploys to boost India’s worldwide military spending spree.

The media has pointed out ‘In the last few years, India has become the suicide capital of this planet. India has the highest suicide rate in the South-East Asian region, according to the World Health Organization’s latest report. Other reports on social media suggest it might be the global leader in suicides’.

Data released by India’s own National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveals `A quarter of suicides in India during 2019 were by daily wage earners: NCRB’, ` As many as 32,563 daily wage earners ended their lives in 2019 and formed 23.4 percent of the total suicide cases in the country, up from 30,132 in 2018, the data showed, an increase of 3.4 percent compared to 2018’`. At least one in every five persons who committed suicide in 2018 was a daily wage earner and every sixth victim was a housewife.

Farmers’ suicides figure stood at 10, 437. Farmers’ and wage earners’ suicides together come to 43,000 people in 2019. Most suicides go unreported. In April 2005, Indian media reported `300 Indians commit suicide every day’. The crux of the problem is that poverty-alleviation benefits do not trickle down to the masses. Successive prime ministers paid lip service to welfare. For instance, the prime minister in 2005, Dr Manmohan Singh, reprimanded the heads of various ministries for their failure to follow an integrated policy to alleviate poverty in India. He observed that there has been no tangible pro-poor progress in various sectors, particularly rural agriculture and industries. He told senior bureaucrats that hollow GDP growth figures had not........

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