Moved by Nana Patekar’s pain for suffering farmers, twitter users say #HelpNana4Farmers

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On Friday a video of veteran actor Nana Patekar breaking down during a TV interview while talking about farmers’ plight went viral.

In an interview to NDTV, the veteran actor was pained to share the sufferings of farmers in his home state, Maharashtra.

Popularly known as Nana, the actor has been tirelessly working towards helping the farmers, who’ve borne both the fury of nature and apathy of politicians.

It’s not surprising then that the suicide rate among the debt-ridden farmers here is the highest in the country.

A data by National Crime Records Bureau in 2015 said that the number of farmers, who committed suicide in Maharashtra was more than half of the total number of suicides committed by farmers nationally.

Last year, the death of a mother, Manisha, who was unable to feed her five children, had shaken the collective conscience of Indians up and down the country.

Also Read | Maharashtra recorded half of India’s farmer suicide cases in 2014

The BJP government, which drew flak from many for choosing to focus on communally divisive agenda such as beef ban and Bharat Mata Ki Jai, it comfortably ignored the most pressing issue affecting farmers’.

On Saturday, twitter users gave a call to support Nana’s new organisation, Naam Foundation, which the actor set up to help farmers with another Marathi actor Makrand Anaspure.

Here’s a snapshot of twitter conversation:

 

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