Aug 29 2007

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This article was inspired by a disturbing PBS documentary I watched last night. It was produced by the series Wide Angle. I am writing this article based solely upon my observations as a viewer of the documentary. The program was a documentary on the plight of farmers in India. It was a heart wrenching and interesting look at a very misunderstood country, and 600 million forgotten people living in rual India. This documentary could be considered an accusation and indictment of genocide, against the government of India.

I was compelled to watch this program as it attempted to depict the desparation of Indian farmers and the harsh poverty stricken existences of over 600 million people who live in rual India. These subsistence farmers are committing suicide at an alarming rate. In one typical rual village as many as three farmers commit suicide each week ; because of their farms failing and their shame of not being able to provide for their families. The documentary revealed the indifference of the democratically elected government of India to the majority of their own people. The Indian government continually fails to provide assistence or subsidies for their country’s farm products, to compete with the global agricultual markets. U.S and China are two of the most heavily subsidized agricultural markets, who drive down the price of agricultural products world wide, which destroys the lives and livihoods of the rual populations of third world countries. This unfair trade practice is driving farmers to commit suicide in massive numbers and leaving their families destitute; because of the inability to receive adequate prices for their farm products.

Perhaps their performances were prepared and staged; since all the widows and children interviewed were clean and well dressed in their traditional clothing; while doing back breaking work and planting their fields. The program concentrated on the widows and families of the farmers,who committed suicide. It also showed how India’s farmers are forced to buy mostly on credit, genetically modified cotton seeds. These seeds do not grow well in poor soil without proper irrigation and fertilization both unavailable to the majority of poor Indian farmers.

A farmers’ activist who leads a coalition to aid farmers in lobbying and getting public attention for the rual population of India was a featured spokesman for this documentary. He stated that the indifference of the Indian government to the plight of the Indian farmer was a serious human rights violation and a deliberate act of genocide against the Indian people. In PBS’s vain attempt at depicting fairness in their reporting, they interviewed an Indian professor who advocated globalism, and has written extensively on the subject. As always with PBS documentaries, the viewer is left wondering if PBS is promoting globalism; while trying to persuede Americans, with a veiled attempt to support the current globalist agenda of authorized government genocide, and population control; as well as defend PBS’s U.S corporate sponsors outsourcing of American jobs, to aid the booming urban Indian economy, and fatten U.S corporate profits.

What surprized me while I watched this program was the stoicism of the families . The harsh conditions they lived under , and the beauty and pride of these people as they stuggled against such desparate odds. Wether it was intended or not by the producer and director to show the sacred humanity of the rual Indian people, I do not know. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Regardless of their intent the stark living conditions of rual India’s people were understood by the viewer. Some of the truth seemed to be well depicted, in relating the plight of 600 million people; who are trying desparately to exist, purely on faith and hope. However much to the detriment of this documentary, little or no mention was given to the religious or traditional beliefs of the Indian people; except the witnessing of a cremation and funeral of one of the victims of suicide. The resolve , stoicism and circumstances of these families would have been better understood had the report mentioned the cultural and religious beliefs of reincarnation and Hinduism amongst India’s people, or asked the widows and families about their faith. The documentary also neglected to mention the deplorable cast system; that still dominates India’s society. The interviewer, also narrator of the documentary, had a distinct British accent. She notably left out any cultural references to economic or social influences; that might be attributed to the brutal British colonialisation of India for several centuries.

After watching the program , I began to feel appreciative of my own life and good fortune. I thought for a moment about why was I so much more fortunate; than these poor Indian farmers, or poor people anywhere ? I am not rich, I am not connected to a wealthy family. I do not have connections to the elite of American society. I am an average man, who had the good fortune of being born in the United States, to middle class parents; who were well educated, and were allowed to achieve their American dream. I had the good fortune of being born without physical or mental impairments or deformities. Why I wondered, have I been so blessed; while others are so unfortunate ? Perhaps I will never understand the imbalance of the Universe. I am certain however; that all globalist policies of government sponsored genocides, by mass military murder, the deliberate infection of populations with man made diseases, and political policies leading to devastating global economic and environmental conditions , that create massive sarvation, suicidal desparation, and the economic enslavement of billions of people, can not and must not be tollerated by anyone, anywhere, under any conditions.


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