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Updated: July 26, 2012 12:56 IST

Agriculture is in the doldrums: Vairamuthu

G. Srinivasan
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Lyricist Vairamuthu. Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
Lyricist Vairamuthu. Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

Vairamuthu who was in Thanjavur to participate in a function told The Hindu that globalisation and global warming are twin dangers facing the world now

Third world countries should be aware of developed countries trying to engulf them in the name of globalisation, said lyricist Vairamuthu here recently.

Vairamuthu who was here to participate in a function told The Hindu that globalisation and global warming are twin dangers facing the world now. Agriculture is in the doldrums and farmer suicides are increasing. “We have to find a solution to these problems,” he said.

He said that his recent book ‘Moondram Ulagapor’ dealt with the above issues and also urges people to find solutions.

He said that in the book he has suggested that cultivable lands should not be allowed to be sold. If a farmer has no other option than to sell his land, then the government should purchase it and carry on the cultivation on that land.

Farmers should get the right to fix the price for their produce.

He also said that agriculture is slowly going into the hands of corporate sector which is a dangerous trend. Expressing his opposition of giving freebies to all people, he said that freebies can be given to differently abled persons who are not in a position to work, destitute and others, but not for all.

The lyricist said that he has produced a video on global warming and agriculture. “It will be released to Doordarshan and later to all schools.” People should have concern over ozone layer being torn, sea level rising, climate change.

He also made a strong plea to protect bio-diversity and save western ghats.

On his songs in films, he said that though he wrote more about love, which is the major subject in movies, he was also given the opportunity to write on social themes . "But only thing is number of songs I have written on reforms, social change, philosophy is less compared to songs on romance as the film world has not provided much scope for me on social subjects.”

He said that one of his songs for Kochadaiyan starring Rajinikanth will be his best.

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