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High science with low development Promising the moon with tech dreams while ignoring human develogonent leavs India at the mercy of the mob High science with low Topic- GS Prelims, GSM3 Context-Promising the moon with tech dreams while ignoring human edevelopment leaves India t the mercy of PIC CREDIT-THE HINDU Page-8
TETHERED TO THE FARM.. An example of such a role for science was the launching of the Green Revolution in themid 1960s. In a matter of less than a decade a precarious economy the size of a subcontinent was transformed into one self -sufficient in food While the role of global knowledge in the form of biotech and American philanthropy in the form of funding was significant there was also a national movement of sorts. The Green Revolution was achieved through a rare combination of scientific leadership in the agricultural sector, administrative ability and political acumen, but above all by the genius of India's farmers
.We have not seen national will on a similar scale since. This when we urgently need an agricultural initiative comparable in its transformative capacity today. . Indian agriculture has performed more erratically than usual in the past decade. Given the scale of the public science and technology apparatus in India, especially of agricultural research institutions, there is a visible lack of response to this situation, if not crisis. Development economists recognise that the 'food problem' does not cease once a country is able to produce food in sufficient quantity.
It is necessary to produce food at a cost that is affordable to the mass of the population. . It may be emphasised that this is fully compatible with a prosperous farming population.What is needed is an increase in the productivity of land. Despite the Prime Minister's claims in his speech of his government having delivered on farm price support, a rise in farm productivity requires more than the price mechanism;technology and extension services would matter.
A DIRECT CONNECTION . It may appear odd to start out speaking of mob lynching and end by flagging the importance of agriculture. The connection, however, is not as tenuous as may be imagined as the former has mostly taken place in rural India. at has benefited relatively less from a public policy with a p for high science. In the 1970s it had been fashionable to counter the charge of an 'urban bias' in Indian economic policy by pointing out that the Indian state was, after all, rewarding the agricultural sector with high and rising procurement prices. . It was overlooked that the proportion of surplus farmers in rural India was very small in relation to its population.
.Today we are paying the price for a policy that generally neglected the majority of the rural Indians who more than anything else needed public services. -Equipped with capability- through good health and awareness- the once marginalised would be vulnerable no more. Promising the moon by courting high science while ignoring human development leaves some Indians at the mercy of the mob and India's democracy diminished in our own estimation.
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