Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1st World Agriculture Fair

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the First World Agriculture Fair held at the Exhibition Grounds (now called Pragati Maidan) in New Delhi. It was on this Day 50 years ago that the Gates were thrown open to the Public at large. For us younger lot living in India then, this was indeed a very proud moment. For the rest of the World it was a reiteration of the Government Policy of recognizing the fact that India was and is an agricultural country at heart. We urban folk moved around the various stalls, admiring the skills of our farmers in producing grains for the rest of India. The implements used by our farmers was in sharp contrast to the mechanized equipment on display in the stalls of many Western countries. I still maintain that we were proud of what our farmers were doing, despite the obvious disadvantages. It is their effort of those days that have brought India to the brink of Super-Power status today.

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