Monday, October 31, 2005

India...whither goest thou?

thani oruvanukku unavilai-yenil jagath-thinai azhithiduvom
-Bharathi
Even if a single person goes hungry, we will destroy the world; Bharathi's anger, in my opinion, is not misplaced. And, Sainath says 21% of Indian population cannot afford medicines, and thousands of farmers, even food. Depressing; yes. But it is more than that; it is a clarion call for action, interspersed with some sane advice:
"Don't measure progress in terms of production in tonnes," urged Dr. Swaminathan. "Measure it in the rate of growth of farmers' incomes."

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