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The Politics of Digital IndiaBetween Local Compulsions and Transnational Pressures$
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Pradip Ninan Thomas, Adrian Athique, Vibodh Parthasarathi, and S. V. Srinivas

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199494620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199494620.001.0001

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Digital (Transgenic) Seed and Its Copy

Digital (Transgenic) Seed and Its Copy

(p.123) 4 Digital (Transgenic) Seed and Its Copy
The Politics of Digital India

Pradip Ninan Thomas

Oxford University Press

The politics of digital seed in India is one of the best illustrations of the fact that it is inherently difficult to contain any product that has been digitally processed. This chapter explores digital seed in India within the attempt to privatize seeds by companies such as Monsanto. Both seed and the turn towards precision agriculture can be seen as attempts to control the independence and sovereignty of farmers in India and curb their autonomy. This chapter deals with digital seed in the context of the farming crisis in India and highlights the spread of ‘copy seed’ and the virtual impossibility of curbing its use. Farmers are an extremely important vote bank and no government can risk alienating this sector. This chapter provides a succinct introduction to the global political economy of seed and precision agriculture and its rollout in India.

Keywords:   transgenic seed, copy seed, Monsanto, privatization, precision agriculture, political economy

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