Padma Rajagopal Tribute
Padma's Writing: Various
Oct 16, 2000
I really liked the article very much. Have printed it out to show others, maybe at my school, maybe at the Green Bazaar... Anu and Anand were here yesterday and the day before, we had a lovely time. A lot of interesting conversations about computerisation, Anand describes a
strange automated world of Industry that I cannot believe can happen, yet it gives me a scared feeling in my stomach...it's actually already happening in some countries. Technically possible everywhere, but how can you move ahead leaving 99% of your population behind? I'm writing about the history of agriculture now, and I find that it's the history of civilization. Every civilization that marginalised its agriculturists in the past has ultimately collapsed. Here in Yelwal and surrounding places, more and more land is being bought by city folks, and the villagers then have jobs working for them instead of for themselves, They make steady money, but don't grow food grains in the same fields, which are converted into orchards mainly. It's all happened before in the days of the Roman Empire. Then they have to buy
their food, and the cost of food is going up all the time.
Tons of love,