Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
Food is about agriculture, about ecology , about (wo)man's relationship with nature ... about nation-building, cultural struggles, friends and enemies ... and at times, even about sex said the food expert Mark Kurlansky . And he couldn't have been more right. In our own experiences, upon deep reflection, we see that food for mind, food for the body , and the food for spirit drive the human struggle for meaningful existence. As we step into 2013, having survived the 2012-hoo-ha about a world coming to an end (chuckle), we celebrate Makar Sankran, celebrated every year on the 14th of January . It marks the beginning of the harvesting season. Celebrated as a season of plenty , a season connected intrinsically with Food, this festival has various names all over the country . Pongal in T amil Nadu, Bhogali Bihu in Assam, Maghi in Haryana, Shishur Saenkraat in the Kashmir Valley and Pithey in Bengal. (Aside: Archeological surveys also reveal that the Mayans also celebrated a similar kind of festival – which would make it a 6000-year-old style of celebration!). Our NewslePer celebrates this time along with the food-growers (and the food-consumers !)all over the world by focussing upon this very basic need – FOOD – as we step into the 20th year of our existence as an organisation. We bring you a baskeRul of goodies – our very own Position Paper on Food & Nutrition Security , socio-cultural reflections on food, how food can become a vehicle of empowerment… and not to miss – a local recipe!
A Happy New Y ear to you… may this year be a body , mind, and spirit fulfilling one for one and all.