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Long ago I had tweeted a thread about the fraud of Dr Swaminathan- never knew that bugger withdrew from his position as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet & deputy chairman of Planning Commission to join the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
In no other country would a scientist in such a strategically important position, privy to country’s scientific secrets, be permitted to leave and overnight become employee of an institution controlled foundations so closely allied to US capitalism and US foreign policy interests
Earl Butz, a former US Secretary of Agriculture, once said : ‘If food can be used as a weapon we would be happy to use it.’ IRRI was part of that effort only as rice was staple diet of the region and US was no rice eating nation at all- yet invested millions of $ on rice
Dr Swaminathan’s appointment to IRRI would have been considered a demotion. While in India, he had lorded it over a scientific establishment that employed thousands of scientists, in the Philippines he would have not more than 200 scientists under him.
IRRI was facing collapse of its (HYVs) strategy, as seed after seed fell victim to waves of pest epidemics & they needed expansion of IRRI’s rice germplasm, genes from which were essential for passing on resistance to the HYVs.
The largest collection of rice varieties, of rice germplasm, remained in the Indian sub-continent. Swaminathan’s appointment was critical to this quest. And that’s why I always call Swaminathan a “chor” or a glorified #dakait
There were apparently three applicants for the post. The first, a vice-president of the Rockefeller Foundation, insisted on coming to the institute with both his wife and his mistress, if he got the job.
The second candidate, from West Germany, was found, upon examination, not to have a degree that he had stitched on to his name. In comparison, Swaminathan whom an article in the 1979 Yearbook of Science and the Future, published by the Encyclopedia Britannica
Swaminathan, put in the company of Paul Kammerer and Cyril Burt, two of the leading scientific frauds of the twentieth century, appeared white as snow and he got an instant approval from @RahulGandhi ‘s dadi dear- PM @narendramodi can mention these facts in #MannKiBaat
There may have been as many as 1,20,000 varieties of rice in the country, adapted to different environments, and selected and evolved by farmers for specific human needs. These varieties were product of nature’s desire for diversity,supported by indigenous and non-formal science
CRRI at Cuttack was doing some excellent work in the area of rice research (much before IRRI was established) under Dr R Richharia - several scientists were doing indigenous research but then that was no priority for @RahulGandhi ‘s dadi and much before that his great granddad..
The tremendous leverage that the Americans maintained over the Indian science establishment, enabled IRRI to ride roughshod over the protests of CRRI scientists. Though country was allegedly nonaligned, most of policies in science/economics were largely under control of Americans
Community development prog originated with Albert Myers. Douglas Emswinger of Ford Foundation once boasted that he had better access to Pandit Nehru than any of the latter’s cabinet colleagues. CC @RahulGandhi & @narendramodi #MannKiBaat
Dr Richharia first came to know of his appointment to the director’s post at the CRRI from an American, Prof Claim. Dr. Robert Chandler, director of IRRI, reported directly to Agriculture Minister, C. Subramaniam.
Chandler, in his a/c of IRRI, An Adventure in Applied Science, has admitted that he had never seen a rice plant when he took over as director of IRRI. 1/2
Yet, it was at his instigation, and because he was castigated once by Dr Richharia for bringing rice seed into the country without a quarantine certificate; that the government decided to retire Dr Richharia, at that time one of the world's leading rice specialists.
I had tweeted once about this but even these details are new to me - thanks to vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay… - shared by @Dwari1008 - that I found all these details -this one article from mid 80s nail d role of @RahulGandhi family in killing Indian farmer and agriculture @narendramodi
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