New Delhi, June 2: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarkaryawah Suresh alias Bhaiyyaji Joshi released the Agricultural Atlas of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) auditorium in Delhi.
Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh; Member of Parliament Murli Manohar Joshi; Organising Secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Dinesh Dattatreya Kulkarni and Chairman of the IGNCA Ram Bahadur Rai addressed the gathering.
Bhaiyyaji Joshi, in his address, said that agriculture is the most pristine form of culture. Indian agriculture has been the foremost in the world in the past, and it is our responsibility of teaching the world today a form of agriculture that is rooted in a culture of respect for nature.
Dr. J. K. Bajaj, Director, Centre for Policy Studies, has submitted the presentation on the contents of this Atlas.
The Atlas is a bilingual illustrated compendium of all aspects of Agriculture in Madhya Pradesh comprises detailed maps on the geography, rivers, soils, climate, demography, livestock, changing cropping patterns and production of different crops in the State.
It also rigorously records the extraordinary growth in all aspects of agriculture that has taken place in Madhya Pradesh during the last about one and a half decades. It has made Madhya Pradesh the fastest growing State in Agriculture and the State with the largest share of Agriculture in the State Domestic Product.
The Atlas is produced jointly by the Centre for Policy Studies and the Madhya Pradesh Council for Science and Technology.
Resource Atlases of Datia and Tikamgarh districts in Hindi were also released on this occasion.
Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi mentioned that he had an occasion to go through the Atlas with Dr. J. K. Bajaj. He suggested that similar Atlases should be made for all states of the country and for smaller and smaller units within the states. He also said that this Atlas of the Agriculture of Madhya Pradesh has become much more authentic because the Centre has been doing detailed work on the resources of different districts of Madhya Pradesh.
IGNCA Chairman Ram Bahadur Rai, recalling an early publication of the Centre, ‘Annam Bahu Kurvita’, and said that this Atlas is a continuation of that long-standing interest of the Centre in the field of food and agriculture in Indian civilisation.
He also mentioned two other areas in which the Centre has done major work: ‘Religious Demography of India’ and study of the Indian Constitution from historical and civilizational perspective.
He felt that a detailed discussion on the state of agriculture in the context of the rural economy and the condition of the rural people is urgently required; preparing such Atlases up to the tehsil level shall be of great help in comprehending the situation.
Dinesh Kulkarni, Organising Secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, recalled the long association of the Centre with the BKS in the process of understanding agriculture and evolving an appropriate agricultural policy for the nation. This Atlas is another contribution to that process, he said.
Dr. J. K. Bajaj made a detailed presentation on the contents of the Atlas. Prof. Pramod Verma, DG-MPCST, gave history and details of the Atlas programme being conducted jointly by the MPCST and the Centre for Policy Studies. Prof. M. D. Srinivas proposed a vote of thanks.
This was probably the first function organised by IGNCA after it was revamped by the Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, in which top RSS functionary was present. Former VC of Kushabhau Thakre Journalism University of Raipur, Sachchindanand Joshi was appointed as its Member –Secretary and senior journalist Ram Bahadur Rai as President.
The function was attended by many top RSS pracharaks and swayamsevaks including the secretary of Vijnan Bharati Jay Kumar.
Hinting at the changes to come in the future, Joshi said that the centre has completed 25 years. “Now the Minister has asked us to formulate the vision for the next 25 years”, he added. He said that they want to throw the IGNCA open to all sections in order to make it inclusive in character.