Last month, a boat called 'Furnace Australia' arrived in Madras. It was carrying half-a-million tonnes of wheat from Australia to augment dwindling reserves. Three million tonnes more will arrive in the coming few months.
For a nation notorious for famines not very long ago, this marks a seminal shift. But is it good news or news? Is it good news that a nation that was trying to achieve self-sufficiency 40 years ago can now afford to import it?
Or is it bad news that our farm production is falling, that agriculture is no longer the natural source of employment in the rural side, that it is leading to migration to the cities, that it is leading to suicides?