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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

Idukku Pichai Edukkalam...

May 20, 2008

My Favourite among Philosopher Goundamani's numerous ditties is idhukku pichai edukkalam (Rough Translation : I would rather beg). This particular gem was the first thought that came to me when i read S. Venkitaraman's article on food security in today's business line..

This brings to mind memories of the 1960s when, following the onset of famine conditions in Bihar and Northern India, India was forced to request the US for PL-480 shipments in a larger measure than before. If I recall right, we wanted 10 million tonnes of wheat and that too in a short period of time. I was then working with C. Subramaniam, former Food Minister, who made a special visit to the US to persuade the US Government under President Lyndon Johnson to expedite its shipment.It must be remembered that the US had then a large wheat surplus and Public Law 480 was a means of using that surplus for giving free food aid to distressed countries.I also recall that at that time the Communists of India were vociferous in their protest against obtaining the grant-in-aid.They had, however, no alternative to offer since Russian agriculture was at that time not robust enough to meet Russian needs, let alone supply India’s needs

It has been only 40 years since we have had a prime minister who advised us to skip one meal a week, to tide over famine (This is the famine that is referred to above).We did ineed beg other countries for food. Now we get pissed when the American president tells us that we are eating more.engalukkum kaalam varum... kalam vandhaal neram varum .. ;-)

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posted by Bala, 8:03 PM


Great post
commented by Blogger ILA, 6:51 AM  
thanks ila..
commented by Blogger Bala, 7:34 AM  

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