Posted by Sandeep Shelke (संदीप शेळके) on 26th January 2014
भारताने सार्वभौमत्त्व प्राप्त करण्यासाठी संविधानाचा आराखडा तयार करण्यापासून ते स्वीकारण्यापर्यंत रु १० कोटी खर्च केले आणि देशाचा बहुमुल्य वेळ सुद्धा. ह्या संविधानामुळे देशातील कुठलेही सरकार हे जनतेचे सेवक झाले (वस्तुस्थितीमध्ये असे नसले तरी तो आपला दोष आहे संविधानाचा नाही) जे जनतेच्या आणि त्यांच्या अधिकारांच्या सुरक्षेसाठी बाध्य आहे. त्यामुळेच जनता प्रशासन चालविण्यासाठी दर ५ वर्षांनी सरकार निवडते.
परंतु आपण हे कदापि विसरत कामा नये:
Posted by Sandeep Shelke (संदीप शेळके) on 12th February 2013
विकसित आणि स्वयंपूर्ण देश घडविण्यासाठी “सोने कि चिडिया” ह्या आंदोलनात सहभागी व्हावे.
“समृद्ध, स्वतंत्र भारत” हा संदेश सर्वदूर पोहोचविण्यासाठी अथक परिश्रम घ्यावे लागणार आहेत. आणि ह्या आंदोलनाचे नेतृत्त्व करण्यासाठी पुढे यावे लागणार आहे.
खूप झाले आता भ्रष्टाचारी लोकांना शिव्या देणे, मेणबत्त्या घेऊन गल्लोगल्ली फिरणे. आता सूत्रे स्वतःच्या हाती घेणे गरजेचे आहे.
चला सगळे मिळून “सोने कि चिडिया” या व्यासपीठावर एकत्रित येऊ आणि देशाविषयीचे आपले स्वप्न पूर्ण करण्यासाठी काम करू. जर २०१४ हातून सुटले तर २०१९ पर्यंत ह्याच नालायाकांची अरेरावी, चोरी, गुंडगिरी, सहन करावी लागेल. आणि आपल्याला वाया घालवण्यासाठी खरच वेळ नाहीये. त्या ५ वर्षात आपण १० पटीने अधिक समृद्ध आणि वैभवसंपन्न होऊ शकतो.
जागृत भारती! सशक्त भारत!
जय भारती!! जय भारत!!
Posted by Sandeep Shelke (संदीप शेळके) on 30th December 2011
… In 1990 ranchers and farmers received 60 cents of the dollar spent on beef, retailers received 32.5 and meat companies 7.5 cents. In 2009 Farmers received 42.5cent (down by 17.5), retailers 49 cents, meat packers 8.5cents. ..
… 4 pints of milk in UK costs 1.45 pounds and farmer receives 40%(58 pence) of it. Causing a loss of 3 pence per 4 pints. Causing small farmers to close there shops. In Bharat farmer receives 75% of consumer spend on a litre of milk. …
… US farmers received direct commodity subsidies of over $167 Bn in 1995-2010. EU paid farmers direct subsidies of $51 Bn in 2010 alone. So why these big retailers are not helping reduce the subsidies to the farmers. …
…. In Mexico 25% of small farmers are off farming now due to big retail and imports under NAFTA. ….
As mentioned in image above in Europe flow of goods from 3.2 million farmers is controlled by 110 buying desks of big retailers catering to 160 million consumers. Today Bharat has more than 600 million (78% 0f total farmer population) small and marginal farmers and a huge consumer base of more than a billion. Now imagine what havoc it may create when our small and marginal farmers will have to compete with bigger farmers of developed nation who fetch huge subsidies from their governments.
32 Lakh European farmers received total subsidy of Rs 26,970 Crores i.e. average Rs 8,41,680 per head approx. Now 21 Crore Bharatiy farmers received total subsidy of nearly Rs. 1,54,000 Crores i.e. average Rs 19,494 per head approx. Now if tomorrow these retail giants start importing (using free trade agreement) from foreign farmers since the prices would much lesser with the help of their governments where would Bharatiy farmer go?
How can Bharatiy farmer compete with rival farmers,
– when basic infrastructure is not in place?
– when rival farmers receive subsidies almost triple the yearly turnover of Bharatiy farmers?
– when crop insurance is not in place?
I’m afraid that such uneven and misplaced competition would lead our farmers off their land into labors jobs since they do not have enough capital and supporting government.
On other hand that farmer’s income will be improved argument fails sharply since even after having established big retailers network the USA and EU is consistently increasing the subsidies to the farmers and still their farmers are into losses. What is the guarantee that FDI in multi-brand retail won’t displace Bharatiy farmers? and put pressure on government to increase the subsidies too?
Lastly, lets not blindly copy paste western models. We can definitely learn from them but by looking evenly at all sides and not just one which is shiny.
Find out yourself Subsidies given in USA
Tags: Bharat, Bharatiy, farmers suicide, FDI in Retail, FDI might kill farming, Foreign Direct Investment, Impact of FDI on farmers, multi-brand retail, Retail
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Posted by Sandeep Shelke (संदीप शेळके) on 30th November 2011
Agricultural economy grew from INR 3,71,378.4 Crores to INR 14,62,181.2 Crores almost by 393.717% between 1992 and 2010. That is it grew nearly 4 times since the economic liberalization and globalization. But the share of agriculture in the GDP is consistently decreasing from 28.99% in 1992 to 16.21% in 2010. Though it has grown in size but it is losing the its position amidst all MNCs and agriculture related research. Being a developing nation we have an advantage that labour availability is very high at low salaries/wages but capital availability is strained.
Multi National Corporations are companies with their operations in at least 2 countries. Foreign MNCs are the MNCs whose foundation is from outside Bharat. And that means these companies take the profits back to their native nation. Initially MNCs do bring in FDIs but later it becomes cause of the reimbursement to their parent countries.
Impact of MNCs on Agriculture:
MNCs like Monsanto, Myheco brought in technology, modern equipment, developed seeds, fertilizers through their entry. They encourage research in the agriculture segment. Also increased the farm production.
But for our economy they are turning to be a bane than a boon. We are a 1.2 Billion population and have huge demand for food forcing government to concentrate on agriculture at heart of economy and food security at heart of policy making. MNCs want cheap raw material so they may force commercial farming through various means like corporate farming. Small and marginal farmers (SMF) constitute more than 70% of the farmers. So the costly mechanization is not possible for SMFs which is impacting their productivity leading to widened gap between rich and poor farmers. MNCs make farmers dependent on HYV (High Yield Variety) seeds, which are not suitable in all conditions and also kill the biodiversity. MNCs press for commercial crops leading to soil exploitation and loss in soil fertility gradually.
With the rising pressure on farmers to take commercial crops the food security takes beating. Propagation of excessive use of chemical fertilizers through government machinery is rampant and killing our environment and local taste. Culture is up for grab in the hands of these MNC giants.
MNCs mostly gain the economic power and through that they may seek political power by helping politicians at time of elections. This may lead to strong pressure on politicians while making laws related to agriculture. Also they are not fair in their conduct since they use sub-standard quality in Bharat e.g. Coca-Cola.
Ironically WTO trade rules are dictating the terms for our internal policy with recommendations from WB/IMF policies. They first eliminated the local seed varieties and now are patenting seed varieties. The seeds produced by these companies are not re-sow able, leaving farmers continuously dependent on them for seeds in each season. This is a huge cost seeing the current scenario. How, on earth any country can be food secure if its seeds are not secured.
US and EU based MNCs get huge subsidies on milk products too. So these companies can flood our markets with milk products cheaper than locals.
New farmer’s freedom movement will be started sooner or later if such circumstances prevail.
Tags: Agriculture economy, Bharat, Fertilizer, Foreign MNCs, IMF Rules, Monsanto, Small and Marginal Farmers, WTO Rules
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Posted by Sandeep Shelke (संदीप शेळके) on 29th November 2011
How government is, at first, planning to render the farmers jobless and then spending exchequer’s money to make them employable labors at industries to be setup?
- More thank 2.5 Lakh farmers committed suicide in Bharat since 1995. [Read stats]
- Maharashtra is leading the chart by accounting for more than 30% suicide cases.
- Through policy of freebies, NREGA, controlled market government has paralyzed the farming community.
- On one side our food production is not enough e.g. pulses, cereals while whatever being produced is of less nutritional values.
- PM lost his sleep when a person was arrested under the charges of terrorist activity in Australia. But he does not talk about 70-75Crore farming population’s agony. Without fail he says there is 70% excess human resources in farming, on what basis he made this statement? Is he following the designs of making this nature loving, agrarian economy into an urbanized industrial economy which will be dependent on foreign countries for food at the end of the day?
- I do not oppose promoting modernization or industries but making policies to exploit one section to serve other isn’t a leader is expected to do.
- P. Chidambaram propose to convert land owners into industrial labours by acquiring land, setting up businesses and then employing the land owners as labours. For that he propose to setup 1000 training schools. This all on the suggestions of world bank. Did he bother to go and ask the farmers for that matter? No he did not.
- Sole question is why not to promote agriculture to the fullest through farmer friendly policies. If at all you want to setup industry have the land owners as partners, share earning with farmer.
- E.G. At my in-laws village there is one farmer family who earn Rs. 1Cr per year from pomegranate orchard of 9 acres. Can Mr. MMS and Mr. PC make sure that he will continue to earn this much after industry setup? Not just that my in-laws earn Rs.10-13 Lakh per year in Sugar cane crop from 6 acres while having the luxury to eat fresh vegetables and freedom from pressure. Will he be able to maintain this lifestyle?
- Kautilya has clearly asked to develop rural area through agricultural economic activities. Gandhiji too asked for “Gram Swaraj”. And this Harvard/Cambridge tribe of politicians want rampant urbanization that too on behest of world bank/IMF. A question arises then for whom are the policies? are they for us or the IMF/World bank?
- Kautilya has emphasized on Aanvikshiki (Philosophy) at the start of the book. Because he want the King/Leader/Minister to be a person with logical reasoning.
- Kautilya repetitively speaks about sustainable development. If food is imported then how can it be sustainable?
- Kautilya talks of Association with elders and continuous learning. Our politicians seem to be forgetting the importance of the thoughts proposed by our elders and wise at various times.
- Society has to become duty centric by shunning right seeking attitude, since exploitation is not a way of human life, exploitation is barbarism.
Tags: Agriculture, Bharat, Chanakya, Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership, corporate farming, farmers suicide
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Posted by Sandeep Shelke (संदीप शेळके) on 19th September 2011
कडा: बीड जिल्ह्यातील नगर-बीड रस्त्यावरील कडा ह्या गावी एक १७ व्या शतकातील गढी आहे. हि गढी देशमुखांची आहे असे समजले, फारच जुजबी माहिती मिळाली. मला हे माझे कर्तव्य वाटले कि निदान कृषिदेश वर मी हि माहिती लोकांना द्यावी.
मी पश्चिम महाराष्ट्रात ठीक-ठिकाणी गेलो त्यावेळी आढळले कि निदान त्या भागातील लोकांनी अशा वास्तू जतन केल्या आहेत आणि शासनानेही कमी-अधिक फरकाने का होईना ध्यान दिले आहे. पण मराठवाड्यात ठिकठिकाणी हीच बोंब. अनेक ऐतिहासिक ठिकाणे उपेक्षित आहेत आणि वाट पाहतायेत जीर्णोद्धाराची.
आमचा आष्टी तालुका हा वारसा गमावेल असेच वाटतेय. लवकरच प्रशासन आणि कडा ग्रामस्थांनी लक्ष दिले नाही तर हि वास्तू काळजमा होऊन जाईल.
मी प्रत्येक्षादर्शी टिपलेले काही छायाचित्रे खाली आहेत.
विशेष म्हणजे १९९२ सालीच इतिहास संशोधन आणि पुरातत्त्व खात्याने येथील कागदपत्रे जमा करून घेतले आणि त्यानंतर अपेक्षेप्रमाणे काहीच पाऊल उचलले नाही.