Post 5

4:00 p.m.: I walk towards Shailendra’s sunflower field. The crop has been mostly harvested. Shailendra’s father is cutting the few stems that are still standing. Damodar’s younger son Giridhar is standing by, observing. I ask Giridhar what he is doing there. Giridhar says he has come to inspect the flowers since it is likely to rain anytime now.

Giridhar tells me that the 0.2 acres on which Shailendra cultivates the sunflower is owned by a local landlord, Tejpratap Singh. Tejpratap leased the land to Damodar Rajak for two years in exchange of INR 30,000. Damodar Rajak in turn leased the land to Shailendra’s family: the input-costs (fertilisers, water, fuel for irrigation, etc.) and harvests are shared equally, although it must be noted that the expenditure on labour is entirely Shailendra’s responsibility.