The US-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative agreement on agriculture will cast a demonising spell over the country and is bound to cause large scale plunder of the agro-rural society and definitely tend to capitalize on our living, life pattern, culture and social norms. Already much maligned, misconceived and utterly irrelevant Second Green Revolution is a clever ploy to promote the interest of multinationals. The Companies like Monsanto, Wall-Mart etc. is on the board of US-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative Agreement to monitor agricultural research, education and dissemination and exchange of knowledge between US and India.

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LAHORE, April 17: Farmers here on Tuesday took out a protest procession against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime, terming it lethal for the farming sector. Anwar Baloch of Balochistan termed the WTO a conspiracy against farmers and said they aware of the nefarious plot. Farmers, he said, would not sleepwalk into the trap and resist it with their might.

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‘World Capitalism (Bangladesh) Ltd’, this was the title of an article that I wrote 17 years ago to theorize the location of Bangladesh in world capitalist system drawing parallel with the structural setting of multinationals around the world. Multinational Corporations are the institutional face of International monopoly capital, do their business around the world with their subsidiaries. Subsidiaries may have autonomy but that do work under global plan and strategy of the corporate centre or principal. What I wanted to show that the status of the peripheral countries like Bangladesh were gradually turning into mere subsidiaries in global capitalist system.

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There’s been another major development in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) brought by Aruna Rodrigues and three co-Petitioners before India’s Supreme Court. Over 6.5 million farmers from every state in India are asking the Supreme Court to let them join the case before the Court, saying GM crops risk irreversibly damaging India’s farmland and biodiversity.

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“We do not buy seeds from the market because we suspect they may be contaminated with genetically engineered or terminator seeds,” says Pavamma, a Dalit woman in village Palarum, near the town of Zaheerabad, about 110 kms north-west of the high-tech city of Hyderabad. George W Bush signed “Knowledge Initiative in Agriculture ” [KIA] with Manmohan Singh [the Indian Prime Minister] in March 2006, cheered by representatives of Monsanto and Wal-Mart, in the same city. Pavamma does not know about KIA and, I’m sure, she wouldn’t care to know what this bush is. Women of Zaheerabad take on Monsanto and show the way to food security.

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The problems of villages like this are not only a Sri Lankan problem; many villages all around the world in Asia, in Africa, and in Latin America face similar and related problems. It is also clear that NGOs are an effect of Neo Liberalism, an attempt to stop any political solution from arising.

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Much is being made in India of the letter written by the UPA chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi to Shri Manmohan Singh regarding the major news of Walmart entering India in partnership with Indian industrialists without a footprint in retail.

The language of the letter of course, shows that Mrs Gandhi has all along been in the dark about this major reorganization of retail sector in India, being considered by the agriculture and commerce ministries, with the green signal from Prime Minister, under the garb of inviting investments into agriculture and propelling the Second Green Revolution in India. Of course, the issue of on whose backs the second Green Revolution will play itself out, is a moot question, one best answered, by a much delayed and avoided, visit to farmer organizations in Vidarbha and Indian killing fields.

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