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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood (Audio)

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Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood

Historically, India’s rural economy has been based on agriculture and related activities, but with increasing population and decreasing land holding, the dependency on primary livelihood is at risk. India’s current education system places overemphasis on cognitive learning for all. Many drop out unable to cope with this by-rote education system. This system does not recognise that everyone is not suited for cognitive education. Many will excel in a system which places a premium on vocational education. Unequipped with education that enables livelihood the youth fall prey to poverty and crime.

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Will History Repeat Itself to Disappoint Us? Shetkari Sanghatana to AAP

Shetkari Sanghatana was a path breaking organisation of Rural India. Its convener Mr Sharad Joshi, an Indian Postal Service (IPS) cadre bureaucrat, well read and an incisive intellect, was a phenomenon of the 1980’s.

Almost a decade had passed since Indira Gandhi’s “Garibi Hatao” slogan, pursuing the Marxist/Socialist agenda with left of centre public policies. The eye catching slogan of the 1971 elections did not deliver on its propaganda of poverty eradication, despite the overwhelming popular mandate in her favor. Rural India was frustrated yet helpless with no one else to look up to. The ills of the economy were spreading drastically. 80% of the population dependent on agricultural was watching the hollowness of populist decisions and growing state interference in agricultural policy, resulting in unprofitable returns and a levy imposed on the agricultural produce, ironically by parliamentary mandate. The bureaucracy had forgotten the basic principles of economics, i.e. demand and supply, which determine the price of commodities and services. Read more »

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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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