Radio Pakistan can’t digest seeing prosperous Indian Sikh farmers

November 14th, 2007 - 3:04 am ICT by admin  
The broadcast that is aired from Lahore easily penetrates into areas of East Punjab, and is primarily aimed at misleading people.

The Punjabi Darbar programme is so intelligently aired, that its attempt at brain washing is not very easily detected.

The Gurbani Kirtan is aired in the beginning, and it is followed by a spewing of venom against India.

According to reports, in a recent programme, Radio Pakistan highlighted the anti farmer policies of Punjab Government, and charged India with discriminating against farmers of Punjab by distributing the northern state’s waters to neighbouring states.

What the programme has failed to understand is that Sikh farmers are not so naive and do understand what Radio Pakistan is attempting to do.

Contradicting Radio Pakistan’s allegation, the sarpanch of village Mazwind, Sukhdeep Sidhu, said water scarcity of water is a global phenomenon and it was primarily occurring due to climate change.

Sidhu said that keeping this factor in mind, the Punjab Government is advising its farmers to plant crops that need less water during irrigation.

The State Government is also spreading awareness about methods of modern crop-diversification and cropping-patterns.

Progressive farmers in the state have adopted crop diversification under various schemes.

Sidhu said these programmes are aired only to expose the hidden agenda of the Pakistan Government. It also reveals how parochial are the views across the border.

The Punjab darbar programme reflects the twisted mentality of people producing and airing it, said a Majitha farmer.

The people of Punjab understand the nefarious designs of the Radio Pakistan and rarely tune in to listen to it, he added.

Jagjit Singh, an agricultural officer informed that after a campaign started by the Punjab Government, farmers of the state, educated and not so well educated, are taking better decisions on matters relating to agriculture.

The farmers also get to learn about new varieties of the crop and often seek to diversify their work to earn more profit. This practice has helped to bring the water level up by nearly 40cm.

Sidhu said that as basmati rice needs less water during irrigation, farmers prefer to grow it today.

Since Independence, Punjab has earned the epithet: “of Granary India” for the enterprising spirit, and untiring toil of its people.

Its average growth rate of 10 per cent is amongst the highest in the country, clearly reflecting the progressive economy of the state. Punjab also boasts of a 58 per cent literacy rate and one of the highest per capita incomes in India.

Today Punjab has become a land of boundless opportunities, offering distinct advantages for investment and industry.

With liberalization of India’s economy, Punjab has started making its mark on the global business firmament, with major players from around the world forming joint ventures in the agri-business field.

Privileged by nature and having a dynamic people, Punjab is a land of rivers, fertile soils and steady achievement. With its inimitable style of transforming every potential opportunity into a success story, the state was the first to translate agricultural technology into the “Green Revolution”, recording the highest growth rate in food production.

From a minor producer, the state has emerged as a major rice surplus entity. Providing the impetus for the “White Revolution”, during Operation Flood, Punjab recorded the highest per capita availability of milk.

Keeping this in mind we can very well conclude that since the State is enjoying a robust development and ‘inclusive growth’ it is hard to believe or imagine that Sikh community farmers are facing grim menace.

In India, where modernity co-exists with ancient traditions and faiths, people are now aware of the propaganda that seeks to divide a people in the name of caste and religion. (ANI)

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