Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

Betty Hanson

Honors Major

Political Science


Asian Studies | Other Political Science | Political Science


This paper looks at the phenomenon of farmer suicides in India, specifically in the state of Maharashtra. There is not one single cause for the suicides; therefore this paper looks at the several compounding factors (political, economic, and social) that influence the decision of the farmers to commit suicide. Lastly, this paper analyzes policies and preventative measures in order to make a final recommendation.