Comments on: Genetically modified India Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Neha24 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:35:22 +0000 Dear Gokul,

I really appreciate your article. You have raised the right questions in your blog. Firstly the WGEEP report which is spot on with its recommendations on keeping the Western Ghats GM FREE. This is most important as what we stand to loose is great considering the richness of biodiversity in the area. A precautionary approach to GM will be the sensible step from an economic, social and environmental point of view.

The proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill is a blatant attempt to circumvent the opposition to Bt Brinjal. The BRAI Bill is fundamentally flawed and has faced massive opposition inside and outside the Parliament.

If the BRAI Bill is passed the 71 crops that are at different stages of GM research in the country will get approved with ease. This puts our agro diversity and farming at great risk.

The government needs to stop restricting itself to GM and open its eyes to ecological farming which is the sustainable way forward for agriculture.