Wheat is a natural foodstuff that human being has been consuming since inception of world in one way or the other. It gained fame especially after agricultural revolution some 10,000 years ago. According to Yuval Noah Harari, human beings domesticated many a things including various eatables and animals but it was wheat that domesticated human beings.
We were domesticated by this very thing known as a wheat. During the time of domestication, wheat used to be harvested on a very small tract of land, but as the time passed, it expanded to millions of hectares of land, through length and breadth of globe.
Flour crisis is artificial and self-made and portrays lack of authority of government. On the other side, it also portrays inner devilish nature of business community, from retailers to wholesalers everyone is involved. These are the only reasons otherwise how can wheat be scarce in a country whose backbone rests on agriculture sector?
As groups of people started residing close to each other, they formed communities and barred pieces of land where they would use to harvest wheat. Whoever attempted to enter into their farms had to meet with severe consequences. This strategy introduced concept of ownership. People started to protect their communities and lands from intruders.
Harari in this book Sapiens terms agricultural revolution – of which wheat is a prime by-product – the biggest fraud of history. He did so because it was the production of wheat which increased population from some millions to many billions. This entire process initiated a vicious circle of holding more wheat stock for dire times. Those who used to have more wheat stock were honored and were considered rich in society. It would be justified to say that the way wheat domesticated humans is deplorable and people’s love for it has caused annihilation.
Now that wheat has domesticated us, it is time to ensure its equal distribution. Unfortunately this is not happening and some actors are not letting this happen.
Worse situation prevails in Pakistan where ‘tabdeeli sarkar’ has utterly failed to clutch undue and untoward aka artificial crisis of wheat.
Flour is a fine powder commonly made from wheat is once again in scarcity. People are already suffering from much-awaited ‘tabdeeli’ mantra which requires unlimited time to bring positive results.
‘Thori dair aur’ ‘Thori dair aur’ slogan is fading its charisma. Hoarders or mill owners with political patronage are slacks, profit-seekers and are ignoring governmental pressure and masses’ economical situation altogether. Profit is what motivates them the most.
Further there is no one who could lead masses; thus, they – masses – are unable to exert pressure on government. The poor is getting poorer day by day and the rich piling up more money. Mill owners are acting as blackmailers and government’s recklessness is giving them more space to make the most of the situation. Bilawal Bhutto may have rightly pointed that the current crisis is because of the reason that government, even knowing the demand patterns of wheat inside country, exported around 40,000 tons to Afghanistan.
At present it will be justified to say that masses are leaderless and there is no one who could soothe their pain. Flour crisis is artificial and self-made and portrays sluggishness more than recklessness of contemporary government. On the other side, it also portrays inner devilish nature of business community, from retailers to wholesalers everyone is involved. These are the only reasons otherwise how can wheat be scarce in a country whose backbone rests on agriculture sector.