66 years on, agriculture still India’s backbone

Agriculture forms 75% of India's GDP | Photo: Nayan Das
Agriculture forms 75% of India’s GDP | Photo: Nayan Das

It is going to be 66 years since Jawaharlal Nehru on the eve of 14th August 1947 spoke his golden words, “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”  So it soon will be 66 years since India woke up.

Every year on Independence Day there are certain number of stories which are always run by media houses, like, “Independence day- just another holiday”, “Is India really Independent?” etc. We also constantly debate over the fact that India has not grown. There is more corruption, more illiteracy, more poverty; it’s a very long list as you know. But what about how much India has grown? What about how India has become one developing nation from an under-developed nation?

The fact that India’s literacy has more than doubled from 30% to 74%, according to the Census of 2011, is completely ignored by all of us. After the implementation and continuous practice of Green Revolution principles, India has become a self sufficient nation in terms of food. No one talk about how Indian agriculture has developed and evolved since independence.

India is known to be an agrarian based society. Our agricultural sector is the backbone of India’s economy.  With its allies like fisheries and forestry the agricultural sector is the single largest contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country by contributing almost as much as one-third of the total GDP.

About 70% of the country’s population live in rural area according to the census of 2011 and most of them are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Every farmer toils for at least 10-12 hours tilling and working on a field. Gorango, a farmer in Bhogaram, Orissa, works for almost half the day. He used to work on the land owned by a rich family in the neighboring village, but today he owns a piece of  land all by himself. He works of himself and earns for himself. This is the case of lots of farmers in India.

One of the best things that happened to the Indian agrarian society was the initiative and implementation of the Green Revolution in 1966-67. Prior to the 1960’s India used to rely on imports and food aid to sustain its livelihood. After severe droughts in 1965 and 1966, India decided to change its agricultural policies. The green revolution was a boom in the country. It gave birth to the bread and basket state of India, i.e. Punjab.

According to the Food and Agricultural organization of the United Nations (in 2009), India is the largest producer of a number of crops like jute, milk, select fresh meat etc. and also the second largest producer of wheat and rice. According to Agricultural Development in India since Independence: A Study on Progress, Performance, and Determinants by, Amarnath Tripathi and A.R. Prasad, in India barren and uncultivated land has fallen from 37484 thousand hectares to 17709 thousand hectares since 1950-51 to 2000-2001. The amount of net sown area has increased by 18.44% since 1950-1951.

Still think India has not developed at all? At least the backbone of the country’s economy has. India is going to be 66 years in a few days. We are developing, if not in the speed, but in our minds, we are. By the latest census, India is a country with 1.24 billion people. For a number like this, development takes time and patience.  So this year let us go into this New Year of Independence with what John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not, what your country can do for you. Ask what, you can do for your country.

311 thoughts on “66 years on, agriculture still India’s backbone”

  1. Pingback: PSO2 RMT
  2. Pingback: EEEIC
  3. Pingback: help with ed
  4. Pingback: Web design
  5. Pingback: URL
  6. Pingback: happy hour
  7. Pingback: karen millen sale
  8. Pingback: Houston Home
  9. Pingback: City Home Design
  10. Pingback: Mibtoa Home
  11. Pingback: Adela Home
  12. Pingback: longchamp outlet
  13. Pingback: Anonymous
  14. Pingback: blue pills
  15. Pingback: Explainer Video
  16. Pingback: repilo.info
  17. Pingback: risofu.us
  18. Pingback: quotes android app
  19. Pingback: sexdate
  20. Pingback: http://kwila.info
  21. Pingback: http://kwila.info
  22. Pingback: Watch here
  23. Pingback: Spybubble reviews
  24. Pingback: Payday Loans
  25. Pingback: site web
  26. Pingback: protein powder
  27. Pingback: http://wpgeni.us
  28. Pingback: http://wpgeni.us
  29. Pingback: View this site
  30. Pingback: GranuFlo recall
  31. Pingback: privacy-policy
  32. Pingback: disclaimer
  33. Pingback: Eva Mendes
  34. Pingback: ????? SEO ???????
  35. Pingback: disclaimer
  36. Pingback: vacuum pump for ed
  37. Pingback: privacy-policy
  38. Pingback: dmca-notice
  39. Pingback: disclaimer
  40. Pingback: marijuana seeds
  41. Pingback: dmca-notice
  42. Pingback: How To Play Piano
  43. Pingback: privacy-policy
  44. Pingback: Louis Vuitton
  45. Pingback: Click this link
  46. Pingback: Adult
  47. Pingback: terms-of-use
  48. Pingback: privacy-policy
  49. Pingback: pridecentersa.us
  50. Pingback: http://www.eutw.org.tw/file/karenmillen/?p=512
  51. Pingback: dmca-notice
  52. Pingback: privacy-policy
  53. Pingback: Alla3 Cuffie4
  54. Pingback: injections for ed
  55. Pingback: markto win33
  56. Pingback: Anonymous
  57. Pingback: privacy-policy
  58. Pingback: ed causes
  59. Pingback: terms-of-use
  60. Pingback: dmca-notice
  61. Pingback: ed treatment drugs
  62. Pingback: terms-of-use
  63. Pingback: dmca-notice
  64. Pingback: disclaimer
  65. Pingback: privacy-policy
  66. Pingback: terms-of-use
  67. Pingback: terms-of-use
  68. Pingback: disclaimer
  69. Pingback: dmca-notice
  70. Pingback: disclaimer
  71. Pingback: dmca-notice
  72. Pingback: ed disorder
  73. Pingback: privacy-policy
  74. Pingback: terms-of-use
  75. Pingback: dmca-notice
  76. Pingback: youtube partner
  77. Pingback: privacy-policy
  78. Pingback: ipad stand
  79. Pingback: hedera schutting
  80. Pingback: attraction
  81. Pingback: attraction
  82. Pingback: girls
  83. Pingback: pity 2013
  84. Pingback: parking
  85. Pingback: ed in men
  86. Pingback: gator host
  87. Pingback: wells dentist
  88. Pingback: posmishka.us
  89. Pingback: groupcalling.us
  90. Pingback: gradb.us
  91. Pingback: longchamp uk
  92. Pingback: bobfrissell.us
  93. Pingback: justee cars
  94. Pingback: health jobs
  95. Pingback: wanzhong travel
  96. Pingback: down jewelry
  97. Pingback: wigeu automotive
  98. Pingback: icce21bali.com
  99. Pingback: Ashley Hale
  100. Pingback: hosting reviews
  101. Pingback: Entertainment News
  102. Pingback: youtube network
  103. Pingback: deezer gratuit
  104. Pingback: universal remote
  105. Pingback: best online backup
  106. Pingback: Marlop plopodt
  107. Pingback: Technology
  108. Pingback: Ismael Robinson
  109. Pingback: pakiety nc+
  110. Pingback: babysitters online
  111. Pingback: simple golf swing
  112. Pingback: coach models
  113. Pingback: pcb prototypes
  114. Pingback: blog
  115. Pingback: auto glass atlanta
  116. Pingback: discover more here
  117. Pingback: New condominium
  118. Pingback: this link
  119. Pingback: anchor
  120. Pingback: source
  121. Pingback: college
  122. Pingback: marketing
  123. Pingback: best ecigarette
  124. Pingback: speak up
  125. Pingback: e cigarettes
  126. Pingback: informacion
  127. Pingback: dashleads.com
  128. Pingback: rencontre serieuse
  129. Pingback: her latest blog
  130. Pingback: see post
  131. Pingback: hcgezdrops
  132. Pingback: hcg 1234
  133. Pingback: ekonomia
  134. Pingback: ekonomia
  135. Pingback: ecig
  136. Pingback: wellbabysite.com
  137. Pingback: site de rencontre
  138. Pingback: meratol reviews
  139. Pingback: clicca qui ora
  140. Pingback: blue cigarettes
  141. Pingback: like it
  142. Pingback: imp source
  143. Pingback: guitarist
  144. Pingback: Freedomarizona.org
  145. Pingback: jessica simpson
  146. Pingback: alkaline water
  147. Pingback: hcg
  148. Pingback: atlanta tile shops

Feedback welcome!