Whatever the project's detractors may claim, it has given
In one of Harry Belafonte’s songs, he sings ‘all together now’. The entire audience then yodels ‘Matilda’, which is the theme of his concert. This happens at the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) too. About a year ago, my young friend Tushar Shah said that the Sardar Sarovar canals were not delivering any water while khet talavdis, which we all love, were responsible for
I found this a little puzzling. For one thing, I travel a lot in
On attending their wedding ceremonies, I saw that they spend a lot of money and are happy. Not following Brahmanical Hinduism, they pray to their own deities for whom they were building lovely temples. They were also building serais for pilgrims to which I contributed, being a son-in-law of the village. I also saw this in
By now, I was convinced there was a counterfactual to the Matilda crowd. How big, I do not know. And I have no compulsions about producing non-existent facts. But the macro story, if you look at it with a trained eye, strikes a wrong note in Matilda. The story you remember is that agricultural markets appeared in
So yield and diversification are not going up in irrigated areas.
Yoginder K Alagh, Former Union minister