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Unravelling the Interplay between Agriculture, Livelihood, and Identity

Apple Is Our Livelihood edited by Nidheesh J Villat, Shubhojeet Dey and Navina Lamba, New Delhi: P Sundarayya Memorial Trust, 2022; pp 116, `150 (hardcover).

[The author is highly indebted to Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami (former member of the legislative assembly, Jammu and Kashmir) for providing the study material in carrying out this review. Further, the author conveys gratitude to the anonymous reviewer for the invaluable comments in improving the review].

Apple Is Our Livelihood is the outcome of the national workshop of apple farmers organised by the All-India Kisan Sabha and P Sundarayya Memorial Trust in Srinagar (India) in June 2022. It was a momentous event for the region’s apple economy, which includes Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh (HP), and Uttarakhand. The book emphasises the importance of apple production and how it supports the lives of over 50 lakh people (9 lakh families) in this region. Kashmir alone accounts for 77% of India’s apple output, which amounts to over 24 lakh metric tonnes. Apple economy also accounts for 8% of Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) gross
domestic product (p 5). However, the farmers are enraged by how their produce is treated in the market. The economic situation is getting worse by each passing day adding to the misery of people.

At the outset, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami (a former member of J&K Legislative Assembly) provides a beautiful introduction with a succinct summary of the significance of the Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act, 1950, which significantly contributed to the radical and revolutionary transfer of land to the tiller, thus paving the way for rural prosperity and the eventual abolition of landlordism in the state. Tarigami gives credit for this courageous land distribution to the throngs of millions of tillers, struggling to survive owing to the exp­loitative nature of the feudal landlords. It was the sole revolutionary action that the administration of J&K had taken after independence (p 6). At the same time, no other state in India had taken such measures to bring their people out of misery.

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Updated On : 31st Jul, 2023
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