A study conducted by 'The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) titled 'Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India reveals that more than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009 mainly due to indebtedness, the worst since 2004. That takes the recorded farmers suicides since 1997 to 216,500. The agricultural sector that is the backbone of Indian economy experienced a decline due to low investment, imbalance in fertilizer use, low seeds replacement rate, a distorted incentive system and low post harvest value. The farmers are destined to die of starvation or suicide. Despite economic developments in cities, two out of three Indians stile live and work in rural areas. The so-called booming economy of India is raising personal incomes and corporate profits which has made the life of middle class more miserable. The high rate of inflation has created stress among the citizens and when finding no way out how to fulfill their basic needs they start to end their lives. MUZAMMIL MUJAHID BHATTI, Rawalpindi, January 19.