5th June 2017
Sharad Joshi’s writings and videos (Swatantra Bharat Paksha and farmers’ leader)
I was looking for Sharad Joshi’s writings on the Swaminathan report. I know he opposed it but can’t readily find reference. I found an email in which Dr. Ashtekar mentioned: “I remember Sharad Joshi saying that Mr Swaminathan is an agritechnologist and not an agro economist … much to the chagrin of the latter”.
Anyway, let me make a list of his writings, and hopefully will find the relevant reference.
WRITINGS ON SHARADJOSHI.IN
Three articles here.
Two articles here.
One article here.
INTERVIEW IN ECONOMIC TIMES
Agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan has opposed the decision of allowing FDI in retail on the grounds that it might create monopoly.
When there are many players in the market, the question of monopoly will not arise. Within two years, we will see (Gujarat chief minister) Narendra Modi and (Maharashtra chief minister) Prithviraj Chavan competing for attracting FDI in retail in their states.
The concern that the Indian farmer is illiterate and hence more prone to exploitation is not correct. Though the farmer is illiterate, he is wise.
Why do markets succeed when Planning Commissions fail?