Kamal Nath responds to charge on farmer deaths

Who should commit suicide in the western countries which are in "serious debt" due to global financial meltdown, questioned Union minister Kamal Nath on Thursday when asked about farmers' suicide in India because of their inability to repay their loans.

Nath's poser came in a lighter vein during a breakfast session here on the sidelines of the WEF annual meeting.

He was asked about the difference between India, where farmers commit suicide due to loans of a few thousands, and the countries like the US which are facing debt of trillions of dollars.

"Indian farmers do commit suicide when they can't pay a few thousands of debt, but I don't know who should commit suicide in countries that are themselves in serious debt," he said.

The minister quickly added that it was for those countries to answer the question about their debt.

In reply to another question on the condition of the poor, Nath said he himself comes from an area and represents a constituency that has the poorest of the poor people.

"The level of contentment between haves and have nots is very different today. One of the disturbing things that has come to the fore is that this level among people is changing," he said.

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