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There is only one goal. That is to be whole again. How human beings live and work determines whether they remain whole or are split. ...


In the year after India gained independence, 2.1 million acres of good, cultivable land was used to grow peanuts all of which were chemically and heat-converted into hydrogenated oil marketed with duplicity as vanaspati (vegetable) ghee

At the time according to Kumarappa two acres of such land could easily support a family of five year-round. 

The government's support of the vanaspati ghee industry brought unimagined wealth to the owners of the industry and ancillary industries. On average vanaspati ghee was priced at one and a half times as much as cold-pressed locally made oils. 

At the same time that families were paying 50% more for a markedly inferior product detrimental to their health, 5.25 million souls were being denied their right to their most fundamental livelihood: their right to grow and eat food instead of starving. 

Sources for calculations: Gram Udyog Patrika, July/August 1947 and April 1949. 

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