As I approached Bhatinda railway station to meet Jarnail Singh a farmer and activist who uses organic pesticides on his farms, I was appalled at the price we as a society pay for development. I started reading more about the story of “Cancer Express” a train that is officially called Abohar Jodhpur Passenger, which carries hundreds of cancer patients from all around Bhatinda to a free cancer treatment hospital in Bikaner Rajasthan. It is story told many times over but I am not sure how many of us actually know the real implications of what is happening there.
An overview of the story can be seen in this video.
Today I am really unsure of the quality of the food I eat and its health implications. Add corruption to the equation and I am even more worried about the future of health and safety of our villagers. Every morsel of food I consume would come at a cost I could never repay as an individual. I am aware now and awareness may lead to better action, better laws and pragmatic solutions.
The news article: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-10-28/cancer-express-carries-sufferers-of-india-s-deadly-waters#p1