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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Farmers' Suicides, Left politics and media TRP

Do scopes of farmers’ lives be submerged in the ropes of suicides? No.

Farmers are not keen on sensationalizing their issues to seek sympathy or pity though that is what some politicians and media do.

Purpose of projecting their problems is not to perpetuate them but to seek better and clear understanding of their problems and sensible solutions.

Projections of problems are not the result of planned ploy of communism or the result of display of capitalism.

Probably political ideology peddlers may seek mileage out of such projections.

But in reality it is a question of concern for the whole of humanity and therefore, of   humanism.

Unloving criticism, political blame games, blind ritualistic and religious beliefs and political ideology venerations have not and never can solve the problems, if so; the whole world will not continue to have the same problems for so many centuries.

They all may have had their relevance at particular times in some specific contexts and situations but we cannot commit the mistake of extending and extrapolating the same frames of reference to deal with present day problems.

“In the end nothing less than the whole of everything can be the truth of anything at all”- William James

Life and every aspect of every social structure and all economic activities inherently have multiple dimensions and each dimension has its own multitude of dynamics.

Besides, nature operates on its own dynamics unmindful of the survival of any one species alone.

Planet earth is not merely human centric.

Evolution in all aspects starting from biological to socio-cultural factors functions on its own metamorphosis and changes.

That’s why it is imperative that many traditions and cultures in most fields to effect a transition and transform as per the emerging needs and trends.

So, it is only obvious that all these together can get further complex [not complicated] when all dimensions operate with their multitude of dynamics in a wholesome interplay of interrelated activity of constant churning called life.

These get further fuzzy when churning happens in varying cauldrons of different regions, professions, fields of activities, cultures and containers of different identities.

Therefore, life and everything connected with life will be the manifestations of the interplay of multitude of micro activities operating simultaneously.

We need to pay attention to all possible micro details and enable macro solutions through knowledge based social engineering to reshape and to create sustainable economic structures which are comprehensive, cooperative and compassionate in nature.

Scope of opportunities must not be ignored by magnifying and focusing disproportionately only on the following: - psychologically appealing and social sensational victimhood peddling; poverty projections; over politicized blame games; selective indifference; ignorance and under utilization of science and technology; dominating the discourses only with deficiencies; prioritizing projection of problems without properly perceiving and providing solutions.

“I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance”.  ~Reuben Blades

However advanced technology may march ahead, still all species do need a livable planet and natural food to eat.

The purpose of this documentary is to highlight the necessity of creating a whole lot of long term solutions like better rural infrastructure and electricity and not mere farmer loans; making farmers realize the need for updating knowledge about the commerce and economics of  operation; upgrading skill sets with technology; providing proper soil details and educating the farmer to cultivate suitably according to the soil; also create artificial small ponds and lakes to store rain water during monsoon; create warehouses to stock harvested produce; provide food processing units near fields of cultivation and the necessity to learn many such positive activities which can benefit in the long run rather than resorting to desperate short term solutions like taking multiple loans and borrowings wherein the failure to repay them can have a whole lot of cascading effects and can lead to depression and all its desperate concomitant social evils like theft, murder, suicide etc.

We are all part of nature and not apart from it; agriculture and environment are not issues but they are part of our tissues.

“Society is always engaged in a vast conspiracy to preserve itself - at the expense of the new demands of each new generation.”  ~John Haynes Holmes

Every profession though may not be impacted by the vagaries of weather has its own difficulties, competitions and a hoard of other uncertainties.

Nurses and doctors treating patients with highly contagious diseases suffer in silence without any special pension or special insurance for them.

“The things that are wrong with the country today are the sum total of all the things that are wrong with us as individuals” ~Charles W. Tobey

Finally, institutionally implemented intelligent solutions can influence and impact positively the lives of farmers for which farmers need to work in a socially integrated way with multiple agencies which can cater to their short term economic needs and long term prosperity.

They must not repeat the mistake of resorting to trade unionism type of demonstrations and protests which may only project their problem and perpetuate it as a business for certain political outfits and media houses but not fetch any remedy and at times it may inadvertently also throw up ill informed and biased political and media heroes.

“When we think of the past, we forget the fools and remember the sage.  We reverse the process for our own time”.  ~George Boas

They must not resort to acts of depression too.

This unfortunately has been the syndrome for so many decades but fortunately and gradually it is all changing with emerging encouraging trends of many youths making  good commercially successful ventures in agriculture integrated with technology, help from financial institutions and government agencies.

“Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor” ~Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage," North of Boston, 1914

We need to observe life in its totality, in all its details with all its facets with intense totality and total intensity and create an awareness of impact and influence of various solutions available at micro, meso, macro and meta  level of social structure because  suicides and drug addictions are spreading like a contagious disease and so everyone must be concerned to prevent  it and not contribute to it with greater media publicity for any mileage because being a contagious disease it can also spread by any group rendered irrelevant be it paid media persons or otherwise insignificant and ignored political vultures.

Farming is
All about
Rigorous and
Marvelous work
Earning very little in
Return but helping

Supply food for all.

Financial poverty and illiteracy;
Accompanied by agricultural
Returns that are
Environment that is
Ruined lead them to

I believe in being frank to find solutions to problems and not seek political mileage or merely sending out a message of projection of pathetic conditions.

Though I could get a hint that perhaps this documentary film too- well made with good photography and minimum dialogues etc- may be encouraged by a slightly leftist ideology of creating over emphasized version of victimhood.

But these types of sympathy seeking through victimhood projection depicted by isolating a group -here farmers or profession-here agriculture are by themselves exposing a collective vulnerability or inability which can be exploited by politicians of various hues and colors for their own vote bank and support because they have a readymade group with unsolved problems.

Therefore, I feel; though the film has been made with whatever ulterior motive or hidden agenda or meaningful concern, let us project it positively as a real message which can bring about concrete solutions to the problems of farmers.

Please go through attached file.

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