Can we ever neglect agriculture?In the past around 52 months, the Modi Government had a pronounced urban bias and a huge craze for massive infrastructure such as the Bullet train. Even for this project, there are still protests from farmers as the land has to be acquired. The tremendous push to get the rather irrational Salem to Chennai eight lane project, for example, only speaks of sheer arrogance. All this so-called "development" at the cost of superb agriculture.
The results in the five States are there for all to see. The anger of farmers have been expressed through the ballot. We cannot fool anyone. One understands that the Hindi press has also highlighted the massive debts of huge corporate organizations. JSW has a debt of over sixty thousand crores and Anil Ambani owes Rs. 1 lakh crores. The GVK group is said to be in debt of over 30,000 crores and the Essar group another Rs.40,000 crores. When you add all these, perhaps the figures pertaining to farmer debts will be far less!!
We have been cheating farmers for so many years. Without agriculture, we will go broke. The so-called development cannot happen at the cost of agriculture. Food security is so basic to our huge population.