The two most selfless professions…
A soldier patrols Siachen, knowing all the risks of avalanches, temperatures as low as -60 degrees, hypothermia and enemy etc.,. A farmer feeds the country despite risks such as unpredictable weather conditions, poor price realisation and debt traps. There is a commonality between both the professions. Both the professions require immense discipline, patience and back breaking work. And yet there is nothing to gain.
Having seen both these professions very closely in my family, I can proudly say that these are the two most selfless professions in the country. A farmer typically gets 20% price realisation and yet do not have a say, except once in every 5 years where he has to choose between the worse and the worst. A soldier is often brought back in a coffin to their homes changing the lives of people dependant on them completely. A farmer and a soldier has always kept interest of this great nation first, before their own.
With land fragmentation, agriculture has become unsustainable for farmers in the country. 80% of farmers are small and marginal farmers. In addition, as a result of poor price realisation, farmers are in a pitiable state in this country. Farmers contribute only 15% of the GDP despite a population engagement of ~50% in the country. The Indian agriculture is meticulously and wonderfully mismanaged.
The governments makes tall promises of doubling farmers income, however there are no efforts being made in the supply chains. The average annual income of farmers in the country is 77,112 rupees, while the per capita income of this country is 1,16,900 rupees. The farmers have largely been humble and silent despite being perpetually punished in this country.
Soldiering is one of the most risky and stressful profession in the country. More often that the soldiers and the officers stay away from their families in the insurgency areas. The brotherhood is the only force that drives soldiers at the borders. The ethos that is ingrained into every officer who is commissioned into the India army is this: “The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.”
The country is currently facing an ideological war. These ideologies are largely political in nature and are opening up cracks within the country. Irresponsible behaviour in the media, political circles and in the people do not make their hands dirty. It is the hands of the armed forces that are made dirty every time a crisis arises. An ideological war for political benefit is not just causing an internal security threat, it is bringing back more bodies in the coffins. It is important to follow restraint for violence in the country. The struggle for life is happening at the borders. Is it so important for us to involve ourselves in an ideological war between minds in the country?
Responsibility and Gratitude are two things which can never be taught. One needs to think how they get food in their plates and how they enjoy the luxury of a peaceful sleep.