The Dig, The Butter Wars & The Dangers of Progress

This week there’s no videos, but the articles I found fascinating.

“It was a coconut thief who helped discover southern India’s most controversial ancient settlement. 

In the spring of 2014, a lorry driver named Maharaja was whiling away his time at a tea shop near the sleepy village of Keeladi when he overheard a team of archaeologists enquiring about old artefacts in the area…”

“By 1946, Amul had arrived into the picture. Polson had been enjoying uninterrupted monopoly with government support, and farmers were unable to sell their milk to other vendors in the market. In 1945, the Bombay Government had started the Bombay Milk Scheme, which involved bringing milk from Kaira, covering a distance of around 400 km, to the city and selling it at subsidised prices. This monopoly had been awarded to Polson. The benefits of the costly price paid by the scheme was not being passed to the producers, and farmers of Kaira essentially were no better off than before. As discontent grew, a delegation met Sardar Vallabhai Patel, and on his advice, launched the dairy cooperative that eventually paved way for Amul.”

“History, if viewed as a repository for more than anecdote or chronology, could produce a decisive transformation in the image of science by which we are now possessed.” — Thomas Kuhn, Structures of Scientific Revolutions

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