India is an agrarian country with around 60% of its people depending directly or indirectly upon agriculture. The failure of monsoons can lead to a series of droughts, lack of better prices, and exploitation of the farmers by middlemen, all of which have led to a series of suicides committed by farmers across India. Vidarbha witnessed a spate of farmer suicides because of the falling Minimum Support Price for cotton. The problem is complex and root causes include lopsided policies of the World Trade Organisation and developed nations’ subsidies to their cotton farmers which make Vidarbha’s cotton noncompetitive in world markets. Consequently Vidarbha is plagued by high rates of school drop outs, penniless widows left in the wake of suicides, loan sharks and exploitation of the vulnerable groups.
Farmer suicides in Maharashtra
50,000 farmers have killed themselves in Maharashtra between 1995 and 2010 and in 2012 alone, 3786 farmers committed suicide all across Maharashtra. As latest as in March 2014, the state witnessed more than 30 farmers’ suicides in a span of few weeks, when a massive hailstorm destroyed the entire Rabi crop on 1.6 million hectares of land in 17 districts.
Farmer suicides in India
Between 1995 and 2010, India witnessed over 2.5 lakhs of farmers’ suicides in which five States viz., Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh accounted for almost two thirds. Farmers suicide accounted for 12% of the total suicides committed in India in 2010 and in 2012 alone, almost 13700 farmers committed suicide all over the country.
Our meeting with Mr. Sanjiv Phansalkar, Program Leader at Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
Neeti’s Founder, Dr. Parag Mankeekar has been in touch with Mr. Sanjiv Phansalkar, Program Leader at Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Mr. Phansalkar has also published six books, over twenty research papers, and a large volume of teaching materials. He continues to engage as a trainer, mainly in the field of enhancement of rural livelihoods in India. In one of their meetings, Mr. Phansalkar shared his concept note and data related to Suicide Simulation Game that he had conceived. Dr. Mankeekar further thought of converting that idea into a Digital Game to be played on PC, Laptops , Tablets and thus ChakraView was born! Team Neeti has excellent skills and expertise to convert physical / board games into digital ones due to their past projects such as Snakes and Ladders 3D game for disaster preparation domain and a few other game ideas.
Neeti’s core competence is in the area of computer based training for professionals and children using virtual reality and 3D simulations to create applications for climate change, disaster management training, emergency response and educational gaming.
Neeti Solution’s have an illustrious game development portfolio and have developed ‘Real Lives’- a unique, interactive life simulation game that enables user to live one of billions of lives in any country in the world. Through statistically accurate events, Real Lives brings to life different cultures, human geography, political systems, economic opportunities, personal decisions, health issues, family issues, schooling, jobs, religions, geography, war, peace, and more! Educational games are a great way to way to make learning exciting, and simulation games are best of all, putting you in control of the learning experience.
With a vision to achieve synergy between technology and development and to deliver solutions that will have a sustained positive impact on human life, Neeti is currently also involved with developing games for more demanding sectors like livelihood and education.