In schools/colleges/wherever possible!

A very inspiring article and an editorial in the world’s famous science journal, Nature! On what? On the role of botanical gardens in restoring the biodiversity in a world of declining biodiversity! How wonderful!

So, science teachers, botanists, professionals and amateurs! Take heart and go ahead in taking an interest in our botanical gardens, reserved forests and visit the famous gardens, near and far!

Bangalore has its famous botanical gardens; the Lalbagh is a veritable store house for rare trees and plants. So too elsewhere.

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Bharti Mittal and Reliance entry in agri trade: blessing or a curse?

The wheat import seems to have gone unnoticed! But for the wisdom of the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Bhairon Singh Shekhavat (who only converted a Rajya Sabha question into a debate) India would have simply surrendered to foreign traps. Yes, Cargill and Wal Mart are also into the wheat procurement business, along with our own biggues, ITC and others have only played havoc with India’s time-honoured faith in food self-sufficiency as our only food security and national honour. There is every reason to suspect the villain in the piece is the recent Indo-American agriculture agreement for research strategy. Like the wheat import this highly secretive India-American partnership is suspect.

The point is that there is no public debate and the public is not taken into confidence.

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Why Ministers don’t talk as much before?

The Prime Minister might have imagined that 2 years in office is a time for celebrations. But suddenly he is caught in a multiple crisis situation. After 2 years in office is faced with perhaps the biggest crisis of his career, first, the OBC quota, next, the office of profit Bill. Will he survive the double crisis?

Or, these will the end of the road for him? The entire nation watches with much anticipation and anxiety. Manmohan Singh as an upright man is proving a pathetic figure. First he carried in his pocket a proof of residence in Assam that gave him his legitimacy as a Rajya Sabha member, now he is facing the problem is justifying his actions to prove his loyalty to Sonia Gandhi by trying to save her the embarrassment of holding office of profit and thereby he faces now the Bill getting the scrutiny of the Supreme Court even if he gets it passed in its present form.

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NDTV/CNN-IBN channels flash the agri crisis news!

So agri crisis is now urban news! The urban media, more so the TV media catches up with the farmers suicides! Yes, something like so many thousands of farmers continuing to think of desperate steps only can create the needed sensationalism and TV viewing audience! Not bad in a country with a Prime Minister and his close advisers all indulging in a cozy inner circle where the harsh realities of the countryside are too much for their own sense of existence. After all, they have all spent their best years only in cozy government depts, so what if this one briefly in the political hot seat, just proves an irritant!

With farmers’ suicides continuing, what is the point of this government talking of vague programmes and plain non-action at grass roots?

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New private-public partnership initiatives could make a fundamental impact. It is nice to see V.P.Singh and Ajit Singh leading a farmers’ agitation in New Delhi. But are these leaders’ efforts worth the trouble? Yes, we need a farmers’s lobby to agitate and bring farmers’ issues always to the attention of the government of the day. It was also nice to see the Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Mahendra Singh Tikair leading the show.

Farmers need higher minimum price, India has to look after its food grains economy, and importing wheat now, after seven years is a national shame. We share the sentiments expressed in the rally.

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