Vast areas of the country are facing acute hunger. Come to think of it, our countrymen who have identical civil rights as we, in millions of numbers, are plainly starving.

"She just stares. Occasionally opens her mouth." This is from news piece that reported the starvation in MP. The report described a baby, so weakened by hunger that she opened her mouth only occasionally to signal hunger, unable to muster the energy needed to cry. In districts of AP, the hunger is acute too. Many people eat only once a day -- rice and salt. And if a visitor arrives, some members of the host family must skip a meal. May be your eyes are moist. So are mine.

Writers and poets can go on writing heart melting pieces on hunger, on plight of human. Historically, these have proved to be some really touching writings --- connecting very well with the readers. Some have even gone on to become fodder for revolution. But most power changes swap one underclass for another. Few salty problems. The hunger has proved to be a fertile ground for Naxal recruitments. The hungry are joining an armed rebellion to bring the government down. They have succeeded to some extent. There are some parts in Chattisgarh, MP and even Maharashtra, where government has little or no administrative control. Our response has been to commit more armed and paramilitary forces to counter rebellion.

But the hunger remains. We don't need poets or writers to heal. Neither can paramilitary forces crush problems stemming from hunger. We need government and capitalism to deliver on their mandates. We need to large & efficient farms to generate the necessary food. We need factories where we can send our vast farm labour force to earn and buy this food.

Some politicians like Buddhadeb Bhattachrya have already understood this. But farm lands have become holy cows with our politicians by and large, who often surrender to vocal minorities. Anything that succeeds even marginally once, becomes a role model and subsequently a holy cow. Farm lands in the 60s, and of late the software industry?

The trouble is why isn't then copying the Gujarat model of industrialization politically fashionable?

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Anonymous said...

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Industrial Society is destroying necessary things [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land] for making unnecessary things [consumer goods].

"Growth Rate" - "Economy Rate" - "GDP"

These are figures of "Ecocide".
These are figures of "crimes against Nature".
These are figures of "destruction of Ecosystems".
These are figures of "Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality".

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land].

Destroy the system that has killed all ecosystems.

Destroy the society that plunders, exploits and kills earth 365 days of the year and then celebrates Earth Day.

Chief Seattle of the Indian Tribe had warned the destroyers of ecosystems way back in 1854 :

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you realize that you cannot eat money.

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