20-Dec-2006

Promises

Kept and unkept. A point worth noting:
Starting with the Second Plan, for the last 50 years our policy-makers have insisted that the salvation of India's countryside lies in urbanisation and industrialisation. Completely overlooking that for a nation whose cities are its biggest emerging disasters and where more than 700 million people are engaged in farming, there can be no escape from improving its agriculture — a sound agrarian base on which could develop a whole range of other nature-based livelihoods.
Also, I always thought our politicians were the new maharajahs. But no, there are others too.

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