I had occasion to read the article by Shri Arabinda Ghosh in the Organiser of July 22. I know Arabinda Babu since 1946, as he is from Nagpur. I do know his craze for pesticides and fertilizers.
However, I am dead against the use of fertilizers and pesticides. They did bring in a revolution but I noticed that various types of cancer, myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) and diabetes have achieved epidemic proportions in our country after about a decade of the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
When I was an undergraduate clinical medical student in 1951-52, 1952-53 and 1953-54, heart attack was such a rarity that a crowd of students would gather when a patient came with heart attack. Today even 25-30-year-old persons are getting heart attacks. Even among NRIs in UK and USA incidence of these diseases is higher as they consume Indian food, at least till I was there up to 1996.
I went deep into this problem and realised that besides other factors the major cause is chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They poison our food. There are articles available to support my views.
Whenever these chemicals are used we ruin our fertile soil. In 1952, RSS organised an anti-cow slaughter signature campaign all over Bharat under the leadership of Shri Guruji. He addressed two meetings in Nagpur. I was present in one of the meetings in which he categorically said that by using chemicals we are converting our fertile soil into desert. His warning was prophetic. It is not for nothing that many villagers in fertile Punjab are putting up their lands for sale.
In Shri Guruji Samagra Darshan, a valid statement made by him is quoted here: ?USA encourages its own farmers to indulge in organic farming and exports fertilizers and pesticides to us. How many people know that Prince Charles is a patron of organic farming in the UK. In his own fields he never uses pesticides and fertilizers. Tractors make depth of 1? feet. Pesticides on it make the soil impermeable to water. This is one of the major reasons that subsoil water is going down in our country.?
My views are based on sound facts. So what is the solution? It is Govigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Nagpur. There are numerous ways that fertilizers can be made with cow dung and gomutra?cow urine can also be used to make effective pesticides. These two can restore the fertility of the soil which has seen serious damages by chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It is lot cheaper, more effective for food and vegetables are more tasteful though they may not look gorgeous. Farmers will be free from debts and there will be no more suicides. Actually in places like Kolhapur and Sangli in Marathwada social workers are working in this sector. Farmers have become prosperous because of cow progeny?a fact highlighted in Vishwa Go Sammelan, Hosnagar District Shimoga in Karnataka in April 2007. Brazilian and Kenyan scientists imported our cow progeny years ago. Their numbers have multiplied. A Brazilian scientist jokingly said that the way cows are slaughtered in Bharat you may be required to import them from us in future. I visited Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Nagpur to study the effect of gomutra in cancer. The picture emerging there is very rosy.
So in a nutshell don'tuse chemical fertilizers and pesticides anymore. Doubting Thomases can visit the centre and see the numerous articles there, as well as go to Devalapar, 65 km from Nagpur on Jabalpur highway, to see the centre where panch gavya medicines, fertilizers and pesticides are made. Let us not be fooled by USA in every field of human life and avidity. Our forefathers were genius. Let us not forget this fact.
(The writer is M.S.F.R.C.S. and can be contacted at 7, Samarth Nagar, West Wardha Road, Nagpur?440 015.)