NRI OF 2005
NRI lawyer left his flourishing practice and settled
life in New Jersey to bring hope in the lives. He
was shaken by the reports of large scale suicides
by farmers in Andhra. But instead of just hoping the
govt to take steps, he decided to do something himself.of
poverty stricken farmers in his native state, Andhra
Pradesh, Now as a Congress M.P from Nizamabad.
Yaskhi, along with a group of NRI friends,adopted
52 families in Machareddy mandal in Nizamabad district
which reported the highest number of suicides. He
gave each of the family--- where a suicide has been
committed---10,000 rs cash,undertook to educate 55
children of all such families and got a US-trained
Psychiatrist to counsel farmers out of depression
Yashi's MP status led him to put up his house in
the US for sale, surrender his Green card and leave
his law firm in his partners' care. Public life has
also meant a change in sartorial statement. when he
turned up in Parliament in shirt and trousers, the
security asked for his identity card at evert point.
So now he has adopted the MP's dresscode-white Kurta-Pyjama
Madhu Yaskhi's immigration
law firm has helped thousands of Asian-Indians gain
legal residency in the United States. In 2003, his
journey to politics started when he was reading a
newspaper about the plight of farmers in Machareddy
town in Andhra Pradesh and he immediately wanted to
become a source of refuge to their families, among
whom many had lost their breadwinners due to suicides.
I started by giving Rs. 10,000 ($220) each
to the 43 farmer families who had committed suicides.
They had lost confidence in themselves and in the
government, Yaskhi said.
His wife, Shuchee, an endocrinologist who also had
a successful career in New York, returned to India
and started a practice to tend to children and the
poor. We did not work for recognition. But it
was noticed. Then on March 31, on the last day for
filing nominations, I got a ticket from the Congress
Party to run for the Lok Sabha from Nizamabad,
I could just campaign for 18 days, but managed
to win with a comfortable margin.
Yaskhi admits elections haven't solved problem of
Andhra farmers. Over 100 have killed themselves since
the change of guard there