Gujarat’s attack on the Ford Foundation
Aakar Patel on why 'secular' is a bad word in Gujarat and 'justice', 'equality' or 'tolerance' plain annoying
One of my quibbles with the Bharat Ratna business is that we chose not to give it to Norman Borlaug, whose name I first learnt and mispronounced in high school. He developed in Mexico the strains of dwarf wheat, whose success was replicated in India under a process called the Green Revolution. Borlaug saved India and Pakistan from starvation. His contribution cannot be described more precisely. If we cannot honour such a human being, whom should we honour? Sachin Tendulkar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, long may their footprints remain on the sands of time.
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