Francois Gautier’s web telling his India

August 28th, 2012

le site web de François Gautier parlant de son Inde

in english:

  • The Empress of India, on Francois Gautier.com, not dated: Like Sonia Gandhi, I am a Westerner and a brought-up catholic. My father, a very good man, was a staunch Christian; my uncle, whom I doted upon, was the vicar of the Montmartre Church, one of the most picturesque landmarks of Paris. Like Sonia Gandhi, I have lived in India for more than 40 years, and I have had the good fortune to be married to an Indian.  
    But the comparison stops there. I did land in India with a certain amount of prejudices, clichés and false ideas, that most Westerners pick-up here and there (Tintin, Kipling, the City of Joy, Slumdog Millionaire, today) and I did think in the enthusiasm of my youth to become a missionary to bring back Indian ‘pagans’ to the ‘true God’. But the moment I stepped in India I felt that not only I had nothing much that I could give to India, but rather, that it was India which was bestowing me. In fact, in 40 years, India has given me so much, professionally, spiritually, sentimentally. Most Westerners, who come here, still think they are here to ‘give’ something to a country, which, unconsciously of course, they think is lesser than theirs. It was true of the British, it was true of Mother Teresa, it is true of Mrs Sonia Gandhi … (full text);
  • The Dalits As Brahmins And The Brahmins As Dalits, not dated: At a time where the Congress Government wants to raises the quota for backward classes to 50% in private and public sectors, nobody talks about the plight of the upper castes. The public image of the Brahmins, for instance, is one of an affluent, pampered class. But is it so today ? Well, judge for yourself: There are 50 Sulabh Shauchalayas (public toilets) in Delhi; ALL are cleaned and looked after by Brahmins (this very welcome public institution was started by a Brahmin). There are 5 to 6 Brahmins manning each Shauchalaya. These Brahmins came to Delhi eight to ten years back looking for a source of income, as they were in minority in most of their villages, where Dalits are in majority (60 – 65%). In most villages in UP and Bihar, Dalits have a union which helps them to secure jobs in villages. Too bad for the Brahmins ! Did you know that you also find a number of Brahmins working as coolies in the Delhi railway station ? Kripa Shankar Sharma, one of them, says that his daughter is doing her Bachelors in Science but he is not sure if she will be able to secure a job. “Dalits have often five to six kids, he says, but they are confident of placing them easily and well. As a result, the Dalit population is increasing in villages”. He adds:“ Dalits are provided with housing even their pigs have spaces; whereas there is no provision for goshalas for the cows of the Brahmins” … (full text);

en français:

  • TOURISME MEDICAL EN INDE, non daté: D’ici 2010, l’Inde accueillera un million de touristes supplémentaires, qui viendront se faire soigner chez nous, vient de s’exclamer l’impétueuse ministre du tourisme, Mme Renuka Chowdury. D’après elle, ce tourisme médical devrait rapporter au gouvernement indien plus d’un milliard de dollars. Pour ce faire, Mme Chowdury a annoncé plusieurs mesures: d’abord des visas ‘médicaux de six mois à un an ; ensuite l’accréditation des hôpitaux indiens qui répondent aux normes internationales ; et enfin une campagne de publicité en Europe et aux Etats Unis vantant les qualités des soins médicaux et chirurgicaux en Inde … (le texte en entier);
  • LE DRAME DU COTON TRANSGENIQUE EN INDE, dans Francois Gautier.com, non daté: Au cours des derniers dix huit mois, quatre cents fermiers qui cultivaient le coton dans ce qu’on appelle en Inde ‘The Great Cotton Belt’ (la Grande Ceinture du Coton), dans les états de l’Andhra Pradesh et du Karnataka (tous les deux au sud du pays), se sont suicidés. Ces fermiers s’étaient tous endettés jusqu’au cou auprès de succursales de la compagnie indienne Mahyco, qui leur vendaient à crédit semences de coton, engrais, pesticides et herbicides.
    Dan son bureau de Bangalore, capitale du Karnataka, le Professeur M. D. Nanjundaswamy (voir encadré), fondateur du Mouvement pour la Défense des Fermiers du Karnataka (Karnataka Rajya Ryota Sangha), et qui se bat depuis près de dix ans contre les OGM, accuse la multinationale agrochimique Monsanto (fabricant du fameux Agent Orange) d’avoir vendu à certains des fermiers qui se sont suicidés des semences de coton transgéniques, appelées en Inde B-Terminator (coton Bt), en prétendant que c’était de nouvelles graines hybrides qui leur assureraient une meilleure récolte. Le Professeur Nanjundaswamy rappelle que Monsanto U.S.A. avait auparavant racheté 36% des parts de Mahyco, la compagnie qui a vendu les semences aux fermiers du Karnataka et de l’Andhra Pradesh. “Ainsi, accuse-t-il, Monsanto a pu tester en toute impunité la qualité de ces graines transgéniques dans l’environnement indien” … (le texte en entier).

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