‘Industrial corridor to change Malwa’s fate’
TNN | Oct 11, 2014, 10.07AM IST
INDORE : Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) passing through Madhya Pradesh is bound to change face of arid Malwa region.

Passing through Madhya Pradesh, the corridor would envelope Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow areas converting the region into industrial hub of central India. “With realization of industrial corridor, the country would have the first largest industrial chunk of corridor in form of Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow,” said Union minister of state for commerce (independent charge) Nirmala Sitharaman, who was in Indore to attend valedictory function of Global Investors Summit (GIS), here. The neighbouring temple town of Indore, a major pilgrimage centre of Hindus due to Mahakal temple is on the radar of the Union government, which has proposed upgradation plan for Vikrampur Udyog in Ujjain industrial area.

“These are major focus areas of the Union government,” Sitharaman said, adding the Union government has included industrial areas of Sithapur and Morena to prevent any lopsided development of the state. “Sithapur and Morena would be developed with help of world class infrastructure,” the minister added.


The Times of India clearly says arid Malwa region. Not fit for agriculture and hence need for industrial expansion. Win-Win!
Now look at an independent study for Malwa.

The Malwa plateau region in the north of Madhya Pradesh borders the state of Rajasthan. The northern region has vast plains of high lands, which are very fertile. But in between there are hills and slopes, which are not suitable for settled, advanced agriculture. The Malwa plateau region has rich fertile lands over-used with excessive application of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and wrong agricultural practices (including excessive irrigation). The landowner community of Patidars or Patels owns these lands. The scheduled castes and scheduled tribes generally inhabit the slopes and hills, which are less productive. These economically weaker and agriculturally backward communities till their own small and marginal lands, and provide cheap labour to the neighbouring landed community.
The improper utilization of the land resources (in Malwa region) has created ecological imbalance. There is hardly any forests left in the region, rather trees are scanty. The upland Malwa region form part of Vindhya and trap zone, which consist of hard rock. Ground water scarcity has already occurred in the whole Malwa region. The annual ground water development is estimated between 35 and 50 percent. Any increase in large-scale ground water based irrigation is not, therefore, recommended in the area. Water conservation in the nallahs in the uplands in the shape of ponds, tanks, and water harvesting from stop dams on rivers is the alternatives. It is again necessary to increase the productive capacity of the small farms on sloppy lands through application of large-scale field-bunding. The traditional occupations of the landless habitants have also been threatened by the onslaught of dying arts/occupations.

The region is characterised by the absence of a strong people’s organization/civil society/NGO movement in the region.

– The Centre for Advanced Research & Development (CARD)  http://www.cardindia.net/malwa_mp.asp

Isn’t it a classic case of imperialism over tribes, communities who inhabit these lands? Isn’t the plan to make them subservient cheap labour for these industries that belong to the rich, greedy to become richer?

Isn’t it a case of blatant lies, forced propaganda, misdirecting public opinion and giving a growing generation wrong lessons on geography of their whole land? Who will indict this newspaper, this journalist for knowingly subverting the history of a nation in the eyes of those who believe that they are reading the truth every morning with a cup of tea?

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