Does decreasing number of full-time farming practitioners and fewer young farmers have a link with growing numbers of urban slums? The system is getting richer and the lives poorer. Is it a development away from poverty assuring dignity of life? How does the move from custodianship to consumption, affect people devoid of both the farms and the cities? Aren’t the people living on the fringe in the artificial ecosystems of dispassionately rising and violently glaring cities – the actual benefactors for the ‘Smarter Cities’?
Is ‘Gram Swaraj’ a trivial argument for smart villages?
Mr. S Ravi is a practising chartered accountant with over 26 years of experience. He has had the opportunity to serve as a director on more than 36 companies across various sectors, including public sector banks and public sector units. Currently, he is director of IDBI Bank and UTI Trustee Co. He is also a member of SEBI’s Takeover Panel and member of ICAI’s Committee on Banking, Insurance and Pension.
Ajay Vir Jakhar
Ajay Vir Jakhar Is a Citrus farmer based in the village of Maujgarh, Punjab. He is Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum India). Editor of Farmers’ Forum and Krishak Samachar, agriculture magazines. He’s also Member of the board of various agricultural organizations and closely associated with the cooperative movement. Regularly holds seminars and conferences, writes for number of national newspapers and participates in various national and international forums.
Kishalay Bhattacharjee is an Indian, senior journalist and author, executive director Reachout Foundation, Former resident editor NDTV, Chair internal security and senior fellow IDSA, Trainer, and documentary filmmaker. Recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award, Kishalay has spent more than 20 years in television journalism covering mostly conflict. He speaks and writes extensively on conflict and the need for multiple narratives. His latest publication is Blood On My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters ( Harper Collins 2015)