There is nothing black and white, every policy and decision is grey, some with deeper hues of black or white. Policies represent trade-offs between benefits to one and losses to others.
It is perfectly fair for the government to consider the plight of small and medium enterprises and small kirana store owners vis-à-vis FDI but what about the farmer?
As the farmer becomes irrelevant in the political sphere and the urban electorate gains prominence, the government takes sides to retain power.
Farmer organisations can play a positive role only if they serve the farming communities interests, irrespective of political affiliations and vested ideologies.
Dynamism at the policy level is needed for transformative change to happen; not good intentions. “…it is what you do that defines you”, as was said in a Batman movie.
What is often forgotten is that many a time, it is the ‘secondary’ livestock business that has helped a financially troubled farmer to keep his head above water.
The footsteps of the farmer have been replaced by chemical sprays and injections. Green, farm-yard manure and bio-fertilisers have become alien to our farmlands.
Farmers’ Forum has been created a platform to disseminate knowledge and to deliberate, discuss and determine to drive an inclusive agricultural strategy for India.