If you see over the Internet this same thought process has been continuing thru me over more than NINE YEARS. And, nine years is a long time. We are all aware how our own thoughts keep changing every day. Every day brings along a new set of thoughts; and …
I am Major Arun Kumar Jha; a 39 year old serving officer of the Indian Army (Intelligence Corps). However; even before my being an Officer of the Indian Army; I am a citizen of India. It is a well–known fact that there is an ongoing Global Food Crisis. The population on Planet Earth has become more than the amount of food grains available to feed it; howsoever optimistic pictures are painted (and articles written) to the contrary.
The situation in regard to India is rather bleak. With its (highest) ratio of population per square kilometer in the world; the nation is maintaining the ‘stiff upper lip’ and all blame is transferred to the improper storage facilities in the Godowns of the ‘Food Corporation of India’ (FCI). Concurrently; the import of agricultural products (‘KELLOGS Corn Flakes’; various types of Italian Pasta; etc) is encouraged. Those who study this issue deeper – and get concerned by the behaviour of US President Barack Obama during the WTO Conference in 2010 to discuss the issue of the Global Food Crisis – will find that even the United Nations is laying stress on the possibility that the developing countries focus their attention on raising their domestic agricultural production.
It is NOT that India cannot raise its domestic agricultural production. The land in the plains of Bihar state is very fertile due to the silt deposited by the rivers flowing thru the mountains of Nepal over the years. These rivers are the melting Himalayan Glaciers. Global warming guarantees this melting of the Himalayan Glaciers to continue in the coming years and decades. Another fact observed – due to Global Warming – is that the level of ground water, particularly in the plains of North Bihar spanning more than 50000 SQ Km; is very high. In IDEAL conditions; the population in Bihar should be focusing on agricultural related entrepreneurship and profiting from their own enterprises; while also adding to the Food Security situation of India.
However; the actual position on the ground is rather dismal. The state of Bihar has had to bear many years of corruption from their elected representatives. Due to this; corruption has become deeply entrenched in the Governmental functioning of Bihar. Even the well intentioned government of Nitish Kumar has not been able to make much difference in this direction (enhancing the Food Security of India thru the fertile plains of Bihar).
As would be obvious from the above analysis; an intervention of Private nature is desperately required in these times to raise the domestic agricultural production of India thru the fertile plains of Bihar.
These thoughts owe their origin to the Basic Course of the ‘Art of Living’ (AOL) – Founded by HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar which I did; when I was posted in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh state in India. With my Military experience; I was initially planning to raise my own agriculture related enterprise in Bihar. I originally hail from village Babu Pali in Madhubani district in (North Bihar). However; over these years they have matured to providing the finances (Venture Capital) to interested residents of Bihar for raising their own agriculture related enterprises. Due to the workings of DESTINY; I am presently posted in Danapur Military Station (near Patna city in Bihar). I am in contact with the SRISTI Foundation HQ in Patna city in Bihar in connection with these plans; and something will definitely materialise from this focus of mine. The website of SRISTI Foundation is www.sristifoundation.org
and as per me; the DIVINE is with these plans. This post is simply in continuation with my earlier posts on this topic of “ENHANCING THE FOOD SECURITY OF INDIA THRU THE FERTILE PLAINS OF BIHAR”