On 11/16/06, Rajeev Srinivasan <email@example.com> wrote:
nov 15th, 2006
i used to have some respect for p sainath. but now he has become one of the mouthpieces of the left. he's pandering to the usual group of clueless anti-national elements.
i agree on one point: the continuing devaluation of agriculture as a priority sector will spell doom for india. san will disagree, but india's future is tied to agriculture, nothing else. as ghostwriter said, the cow and the brahmin, agriculture and intellectual property, this is what we have as our patrimony.
sainath's rhetoric is alarmist and ridiculous. china has pushed 150 million people off its farms. this floating population is unemployable. *that* is well known. of course no left-leaning person will mention this, as their handlers in peking would get upset with them.
india's agricultural problems today are nothing compared to what happened in colonial times: 20 million dying of famine in the 1850-1900 CE timeframe. part of the problem is farmers being tempted to abandon traditional crops and run after new crops, as pushed by the market. eg. vanilla in kerala, a disaster except for the first few clever folks who jumped in, made their money, and jumped out.
but i agree, no indian farmer should have to commit suicide. compare india's unhelpful attitude to america's $18 billion in subsidies to rich farmers.
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'The largest mass migration in history is unfolding in India'
-Suman Guha Mozumder
Wellknown journalist P Sainath told an audience in New York on Wednesday that while food courts are springing up almost everywhere in India's big city malls catering to the palates of well-off Indians, an average family in the country's rural areas has less to eat today than it had six years ago.
"The average rural family today is eating nearly 100 grams less of foodgrains than six or seven years ago and the average per capita availability of food grains has declined sharply. In 1991, when reforms began, availability of food per person was 510 grams, today it has fallen to 437 grams," Sainath said.