24 September, 2020

Jairam Ramesh

When will the baingan reach the aam admi? I’ll make no predictions but will say this much: Dr Singh is a very determined man.

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Jairam Ramesh

Why is everyone going batty over Bt brinjal? Take it from me, the magic vegetable, complete with exotic carcinogens, will land in India finally. And this assurance comes from yours truly (known in certain quarters as a public health-conscious minister who put an indefinite moratorium on the introduction of genetically engineered baingan seeds).

However, let me confess, the reality is that I’m just a bit player in a script written by none other than Dr Manmohan Singhji. “In the great Indian tradition, you will first say no to Bt brinjal...we must show that we listen to dissenting voices...and then later, after ‘much consideration’ and in the ‘national interest’, we will give it the green signal. That’s exactly the tactic we so successfully employed to push through the Indo-US nuclear deal,” the PM told me as we strolled on the lawns of 10 Janpath. Now, I must confess that I was very impressed by his strategy. “Let those opposed to GM food think they are winning. Let them emerge...



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