“If I got a job at the factory I’d be paid Rs 6000 a month and I’d get to stay at my village.” Have you worked outside of your village? “Yes, I have, in Bangalore, Nagpur, Madras, I was in Madras for four years working as a construction labourer. But I had to come back as I missed my family way too much. I was being paid Rs 15000 a month, which was good pay. I would send back home Rs 10000. Wherever you go you have to come back home to your family. But now I’ll be forced to leave for work again if I don’t get any yield here. The factory does not give me a job and it also destroys my crop. So tell me what use is this development? And for whom?” Kushilal Mahato, Kusumdih, Jharkhand.
Farmers of Nilgiris