Calling local knowledge unscientific is wrong: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

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The head of the RSS, Mohan Bhagwat, insisted on the agriculture method “centered on Bharat”.

Nagpur:

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday emphasized organic and ancient methods of agriculture and said it would be wrong to dismiss such knowledge as unscientific without examining it.

He was speaking at the “Annual Convention-Scientific Convention” organized jointly by the National Academy of Veterinary Sciences (India), New Delhi and Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur.

Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala who was the guest of honor received honorary fellowship along with Mohan Bhagwat and State Minister Sunil Kedar during the ‘event.

India’s farming and herding methods are the oldest, Mohan Bhagwat said, adding that modern science has side effects, but ancient knowledge and methods have no side effects.

“Emphasis must be placed on flexibility in research and the use of local knowledge. It is wrong to dismiss local knowledge as unscientific.

“Secondly, mechanized farming would not last long. Even today, 65% of farmers cultivate on small farms and mechanized farming is not very beneficial for them. Because of fertilizers, the farmer debt and then commits suicide. He must be taught sustainable agriculture that he can understand,” said the head of the RSS.

He insisted on the method of agriculture “centered on Bharat” and declared that the country was the first economy in the world until 1700 AD.

“We had an agrarian economy at that time, and industry and commerce were also linked to agriculture. We must have a Bharat-centric approach to increase our gross domestic product (GDP),” he said. .

The head of RSS said there was a need for public partnerships for sustainability as the government was not rich enough to provide funds to all departments.

He also spoke of the “language block” faced by farmers, saying most farming information was in English.

“The new education policy has included the use of the local language in technical subjects. We need to disseminate this knowledge in local languages,” he said.

Parshottam Rupala explained how to become independent thanks to the cooperative sector as well as various methods to save the soil.

“We will have to go back to our old method of repairing the soil through the dung of native cows. I feel that the good days of the cow and the animal husbandry department will return in the future, and these will play an important role in our economy and our growth,” he said.

Welcoming the RSS leader’s presence at the event, Parshottam Rupala said that being a ‘swayamsevak’ – a member of the RSS – was a certificate to one’s commitment, dedication and service.

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