Watch the full video for the powerful song 'Farmer Suicide' by Saint Soldier & Sukhraj. The song highlights the growing problem in Panjab, were over 200,000 farmers have commit suicide since 1997, a rate of one every 2.5 hours.
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Saint Soldier (hip-hop) and Sukhraj (Punjabi) are two talented artists from Vancouver, Canada, who are getting together after their highly successful first collaboration “Sister” to once again shake up the nation with their powerful message in “FARMER SUICIDE”.
Saint Soldier is preparing to release his first official debut single in the second week of January 2011. After success with his internet single “SISTER” which also featured Sukhraj and received 50,000 + views within the first week, they are back at it again to target tough topics that people in our communities and mainstream media have ignored. Like “SISTER”, “Farmer Suicide” addresses a major issue that affects the people and families in Punjab where both Saint Soldier and Sukhraj were born.
National Crime Records Bureau says over 200,00 farmers in Panjab have committed suicide since 1997 due to the fact that they are heavily in debt and unable to repay their lenders. To add to this major issue Panjabi farmers are also going through a water crisis in which the Indian government has restricted water rights for irrigation, making it extremely inefficient and expensive for farmers to maintain their crops and land. As farmers resort to using well water as the main source of irrigation, the water table is dropping dramatically causing the farmers to re-drill their wells deeper through an expensive and environmentally damaging process. The Government has also allowed for the usage of unregulated pesticides and fertilizers to counterbalance the low productivity resulting in major health problems in the people of Panjab.
Saint Soldier has written and performed this track in hopes to reach the people in the Panjab community to show an understanding of what they are experiencing and also to raise emotional awareness about the issue globally.