Thousands of workers, farmers, women, students and youth marched against the WTO Ministerial meeting which started in New Delhi today. Farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, students and youth from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi and workers from Delhi participated in the protest march from Mandi House to Parliament Street. The protesters carried colourful banners and placards against the WTO and the UPA Government’s shifting positions in the Doha Round, which will adversely affect the interests of Indian people. The March was followed by a public meeting at the Parliament Street.
The analysis might be interest to the readers who are engaged in looking at alternatives to the current neo-liberal model of globalisation. When economies asymmetrically situated in terms of productivity integrate, then left to the market, the burden of adjustment is borne by agents with the lowest productivity – in this instance small farmers and agricultural labour in Mexico. Economies should be allowed to choose the pace and pattern of integration and modernisation, defined as sustained and sustainable increase in per capita incomes, depending upon their institutional structures and historical trajectories.
It is hoped that at the Rome Conference on world food security, Indian representatives will serve as a bright affirming flame in the midst of the sea of despair we see around us, says eminent agricultural expert and scientist, professor M.S.Swaminathan. Article, courtesy, The Hindu newspaper.