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Indian farmers gather on a footpath during a protest in Chennai where they demanded profitable prices for their crops, June 9, 2017. Benar News

– by Salil Gewali

If we want to see the worst in someone, then sweeten the person up by frequently giving him money. It is like pampering a child who could later become an unruly adult and let down his parents. Well, this is what successive governments have done for farmers. They have pampered them without teaching them robust farming methods.

Firstly, farmers were encouraged to take loans and when they defaulted on payment the loan and interest was waived. Some political parties have used the “loan waiver” as their ladder for climbing to power, as the BJP did in Uttar Pradesh. Has it not sent out the wrong message to other farmers across the country? Will a farmer from UP not teach his Facebook friends from Madhya Pradesh to demand the waiver from their leaders?

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With each passing day the farmers from various states have pretty well learned the tricks of the trade and so they now make the state governments yield to their demands. In many cases, they have arm-twisted their leaders as has happened recently in Maharashtra. But have we ever given a serious thought on how many lakh crores have so far been written off? Frankly speaking, much could have been achieved if that colossal amount of money were productively utilized instead of offering as unproductive loans?  Big changes could have been brought about in the agricultural sector.

Very advanced irrigation and storage system could have been installed across the country and efficient marketing methodologies could have been employed to sell the produce profitably. And, this could have ushered in an impressive trend in agricultural production and marketing strategies. Then automatically the socio-economic status of the farmers could have been raised and as a result, the farmers would have become self-sufficient and happy and the whole country would have been well nourished.

Unfortunately, today every farmer is in distress, every village parched by drought and insufficiency. And ultimately the governments are now left with no option but to buy the “peace” from the poor farmers by way of waivers as a short-term settlement. But for how long? I guess the government will keep beating their chest when the farmers become restive.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali

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Unless we are awakened to the profound wisdom of Vedas, Upanishads and the Gita now, a day might not be that far when we have to send our children to Germany, France, USA.. to study them, and to know about Indian culture

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A world-acclaimed book research-based book entitled 'Great minds on INDIA' (Bengali version) ---- authored by a Northeast-based writer and researcher Shri Salil Gewali, has been launched by the Governor of West Bengal Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata.

By Dr. Naresh Goswami, Dibrugarh, Assam 

A world-acclaimed research-based book entitled ‘Great minds on INDIA’ (Bengali version—- authored by a Northeast-based writer and researcher Shri Salil Gewali, has been launched by the Governor of West Bengal Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. The special function organized for the book-release was attended by a galaxy of scholars, academicians and representative of various colleges, universities, media houses, and social organizations.

The Governor heaped praises on Gewali’s work by saying —- “The book showcases the exceptionally rich civilization of India and its remarkable contributions to the world in the development of the Modern science, Mathematics, Linguistic, Metallurgy, Cosmology, Psychology, and other areas of studies.”

Quoting from Gewali’s book, the Honorable governor said —  “Twenty-four centuries before Isaac Newton, the Indian scriptures asserted that gravitation held the universe together. The Sanskrit speaking Aryans subscribed to the idea of a spherical earth in an era when the Greeks believed in a flat one.”  Emphasizing the importance of the book in the present contest, the Governor further added: “This title doubtlessly serves as a LIGHT of wisdom even to the educated who have lost their faith in the ancient heritage. Truly, the ancient knowledge has been held as eternal wisdom. Our most beloved eleventh President of India, eminent scientist — Dr. Abdul Kalam has regarded Vedas as the oldest classics and the most precious treasures of the East. Great philosopher, writer, poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore was highly inspired by the Upanishads and the works of the greatest Sanskrit poet Kalidas while writing his ‘Geetanjalee’. And Mahatma Gandhi, an epitome of peace, tolerance and non-violence whose works and lifestyles inspired many great scholars, statesmen, scientists and diplomats of the modern age, also admitted the Bhagawata Gita as a boundless ocean of priceless gems. Even VS Naipaul, the renowned author of ‘A Wounded Civilization’, admits the Eastern Wisdom as the noblest of all.” Finally the governor – Shri Keshari Nath, in his speech remarked — Unless we are awakened to the profound wisdom of Vedas, Upanishads and the Gita now, a day might not be that far when we have to send our children to Germany, France, USA.. to study them, and to know about India’s rich culture”          

This unique book has been translated into Bengali by Dr. RN Das and edited by Prof. Nirmal Maity of Kolkata which is originally prefaced by a NASA Chief Scientist, Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.  This book is now being used as a textbook in some of the schools in Kolkata for students from Class -6 to 10.

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The book first published in the Xerox format in 1998 and later brought out in its normal print format in 2009 by Academic Publications of Shillong (Meghalaya), it has been highly lauded across the country and abroad.

The book first published in the Xerox format in 1998 and later brought out in its normal print format in 2009 by Academic Publications of Shillong (Meghalaya), it has been highly lauded across the country and abroad. The first original English edition unveiled in 2009 by then Governor of Meghalaya Shri RS Mooshahary, the book’s translated versions such as Hindi, Malayalam and Marathi editions have subsequently been launched by the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and the Governor of Maharashtra and Gujarat in the years 2013 and 2015 respectively.

This landmark compilation of the quotes of world-famous luminaries, which is edited by a NASA scientist – Prof. AV Murali, has long been captivating the attention of the noted scholars from across the world. Robert Brenton of Brooklyn, New York says – “ ‘Great Minds on India’ is fantastic and a further testimony to the immense wisdom that comes from the great masters in ancient India, who saw the truth in ancient times and left it for us to ponder.

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During his exhaustive research, Mr. Gewali realized that Modern scientists like Erwin Schrodinger, Niels Bohr, Julius Oppenheimer, David Bohm, Werner Heisenberg, David Josephson, and so on had sufficiently got the ideas related to Quantum Physics from the ancient literature of INDIA. Voltaire, Johann Goethe, Hegel, Emerson, Henry Thoreau were other front-ranking philosophers of the modern time who were inspired by the fathomless depth of the ancient wisdom of INDIA.

Lastly, in the book, the opinion by  one of the greatest poets of 20th Century – TS Eliot, swells our chest. Eliot writes in his ‘After strange God’ — “Indian philosophers’ subtleties make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys.”

Here again exclaims a prominent philosopher and critic of Germany – August Schlegel – “Even the loftiest philosophy of European appear like a feeble spark before the Vedanta.”