303. Indian Farmers

With 40,000 farmer suicides in Maharashtra between 1995 and 2007, there are thousands of households where children have been forced out of school and into the fields to shoulder the family burden. Vidarbha is one of the worst-affected regions. This series of articles by Jaideep Hardikar reports on these children who have inherited debt and distress

via infochangeindia.org
Hope you get a chance to read the full article. I highly recommend it.

What a sorry state of affairs in the country that could have correctly taught the world all about organic farming, joint family, spiritual practices and protection of cows. The country has collapsed at every stage of lifestyle that it was so deeply known for. Seems like no one really cares. As long as there are corporate jobs, close friends, cricket and Bollywood movies, who cares about anything else? What to do – all countries will follow suit. When we have no food and water, we will still never learn. Such is the quality of today’s population.

Will the below ever take place? ISKCON can make it happen – of this I am sure.

“Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self-sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry. Industry has simply created godlessness, because they think they can manufacture everything that they need. Our Bhagavad-gita philosophy explains that men and animals must have food in order to maintain their bodies. And the production of food is dependent on the rain and the rain of course is dependent on chanting Hare Krsna. Therefore let everyone chant Hare Krsna, eat nicely and keep their bodies fit and healthy. This is ideal life style. We do not condemn modern civilization but we don’t like to get it at the cost of God Consciousness, that is suicide.” —Srila Prabhupada : Letter to Rupanuga, 18 December, 1974

Pic courtesy : Back To Godhead article

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