Ace industrialist Sanjay Dalmia recently held a panel discussion based on Kota Neelima’s latest book, Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows, chronicling the life of 16 widows of Indian farmers. The event was organized at Dalmia House located in Delhi’s Tees January Marg.
Sanjay Dalmia deems farmers as an indispensable part of the country.
“Majority of the country’s population is dependent on agriculture. It provides livelihood to over 50 percent of the total population. Our farmers work day in and day out to feed the population that counts over 1.33 billion,” he says.
“More than a mere mode of business, agriculture is a ‘way of life’ in India. The country holds the 7th position in terms of global agricultural exports. Its’ agriculture produce is exported to more than 100 countries. India’s foreign trade also has a major connection with its agriculture sector,” adds Mr. Dalmia.
Senior journalist GargiParsai, well-known for her work based on agriculture and rural development issues, moderated the discussion.
Speaking on the occasion, Kota Neelima said, “The government and political parties deal with farmers like patrons, deciding who does and doesn’t deserve support. However, when it comes to corporates, the same state trusts businessmen with not just massive loans but friendly policy. The question that needs to be asked: Is it really a democracy where the rich get what they want and the farmers commit suicide because he is invisible to the state?”
Promoting their welfare, Sanjay Dalmia, Chairman of Dalmia Group enlightened the audience with his insightful perspective on the development-led policies of the government for the farmers. He also recommended the governing bodies as well as other fellows Indians to uplift the status of farmers.
The industrialist firmly believes that development in India is possible only by raising the minimum income of the farmers. Also, it is important that we rely on India’s internal resources for fulfilling all our economic needs. This would generate more employment as the need for importing goods and services would gradually diminish.