Date: Monday 6th March 2023
Time: 10:30 AM
Venue: Conference Room No.1
Topic: From withered to whither: Is millets going against the grain?
Guide: Prof. Pennan Chinnasamy
RPC members: Prof. S.B. Agnihotri, Prof. D. Parthasarathy, Prof. Srijit MishraAbstract The seminar will summarise the understanding developed over the years about millets in India. It broadly followed methods that can be identified with communication research, historiography and STS. Using the case of millets, arguments are made as to how and why a co-production or its lack in agriculture research and policy becomes important. It places millets in the priorities set by the policymakers over 200 years and their apparent motives and historical contingencies that drove the agriculture research and institutions. Modern agriculture research appears to be coming full circle in India, starting with the documentation of Dutch and Portuguese colonizers for medicinal purposes, to commodity improvements of the British to cash crop experiments to the nutrition and agriculture linkages of the present times. The study also tries to show the changing circumstances in which the actors ranging from the plant/crop to those involved in agriculture research and policy together produce this transformation in which a plant becomes Neglected and Underutilized and later how it reappears as a commodity.