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In the film, Swades, there is a very poignant scene that deals with this very reality. One of the challenges that India faces is the notion that a country where there is so much rapid industrialization must reckon with the fact that an equal, if not more, component of its population is bound by traditional agriculture. Simply put, when asked to think of "India," one conjures up the image of call centers, IT supersources, and Bangalore's "Silicon City." However, for each of these images, there are more realities of agriculture and farming. In the film, Swades, a very modern Indian- studied in the U.S., works as an engineer for NASA, and represents the essence of the "modern Indian"- must come to grips with the fact that for each step of his progress, there is an equal stride towards destruction. He looks at the poverty of the farmer, who is being left behind in the rush to Industrialization. The modern Indian understands that a true "modernized" India cannot be one where farmers and tradition are left behind, for this is the majority of India. No nation can claim progress if it leaves its citizens behind. No country can fulfill its promises and possibilities if it fails to acknowledge all of them for all of its citizens. A farmer's suicide is a haunting reminder that until India reaches out to all of its citizens, even those immersed in tradition bound reality, it cannot claim to be a nation which represents the interests of all of its people. Any farmer who must take his own life because of the decline of his craft is a stark legacy that industrialization is not its own good in its own right, but rather must be seen as a means to a positive end for all of a nation's people. The main character in Swades decides after seeing one particular farmer's plight that he can no longer look the other way and commits himself to living in India and helping out all of its people as best as he can.
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