Last year when Narendra Modi led the BJP to a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha election, the country looked at him with great hope. After all, the decade of decay under the Congress-led UPA government had almost pushed the citizens of the country to the brink.- We saw the anger against corruption and misgovernance pouring out on the streets during Anna Hazareâ€™s campaign in 2011. One of the reasons I voted for Modi was hispartyâ€™s-pre-poll promise of not allowing genetically modified crops in India. The BJP manifesto said GM food would not be allowedâ€œwithout full scientific evaluationâ€, but the party seems to have forgotten the promise. GM food isabout to be introduced even though most of the questions regarding GM crops and food remain unanswered. I have raised concerns about allowing GM crops in India in my tweets. Without repeating the concerns I have expressed time and again, I would just like to point out a few things that our beloved Prime Minister Narendra Modi may like to know if he doesnâ€™t already. How does it serve our nation and its farmers to depend upon one or more foreign companies for seeds â€” crop cycle after crop cycle, year after year? I hope the Prime Minister knows that our farmers often pawn their land as collateral for loans taken to buy seeds. Companies like Monsanto keep coming up with newer versions of seeds, and every time that happens, the cost of the seeds goes up. This makes the farmer fall into a vicious debt trap that he escapes only by killing himself. The single-largest factor for farmer suicides in India by a long margin is crop failure followed by debt â€” debt that the farmer takes to buy seeds. When his crop fails, or gives less-than-expected yield, the farmer is doomed. This is just one dark side of introducing GM crops in India. There are other dark sides to GM crops. One of them is that GM crops require more water and more pesticides â€” pesticides made and patented by the same companies that make the GM seeds or their subsidiaries! And, not just during droughts, GM crops have failed when we have had good monsoon rains. India allowed Monsanto to sellBt cotton seeds about a decade ago after intense lobbying and arm-twisting by the western countries, evangelists and professional saboteurs in the UPA government. Soon, 95 per cent of the cotton farmers started using Monsantoâ€™s Bt cotton seeds. According to National Crime Records Bureau data,nearly 300,000 farmers have committed suicide in India from 1995 to 2012. The top reasons driving farmers to kill themselves are as follows: 1.Crop failure: 16.81% 2.Debt burden: 5.3% 3.Price crash: 2.65% 4.Borewell failure: 1% (Source:Arvind Panagariyaâ€™s-â€œIndia: The Emerging Giantâ€ page 153) A closer look would reveal that reasons 1, 2 and 4 can be linked to GM seeds. Borewell failure too? Yes, GM crops need more water resulting in depletion of the groundwater reserves. Thatâ€™s when the need to dig deeper arises, and thatâ€™s when the farmer takes loan to get new borewells dug. One in 100 farmer suicides is a result of this. Letâ€™s now look at other hazards of GM crops and produce than farmer woes. There are several grey areas regarding the impact of GM food on health. Multinational companies like Monsanto are not forthcoming with honest answers. If Bt in GM food can kill pests, it can have health hazards for human beings too. The Institute of Responsible Technology lists65 health risks connected to GM crops. It lists some alarming findings. Noâ€œscientificâ€ study has negated these findings. Among many other things, it found agricultural labourers who picked or loaded Bt cotton reported reactions to the skin, eyes and upper respiratory tract.-Some labourers required hospitalization. Employees at a cotton gin factory take antihistamines every day. Also, after the cotton harvest in parts of India, flocks of sheep grazed continuously on Bt cotton plants.-Reports from four villages revealed that about 25 per cent of the sheep died within a week.-Postmortem studies suggested a toxic reaction as the cause of those deaths. Not only that, rats that were fed Bt potato suffered intestinal bleeding. Many of them died. The report saysâ€œsimilar damage to the human small intestine might result in incontinence or flu-like symptoms, and may be precancerous.â€ Therefore, this study overturns the assumptions that Bt toxin is destroyed during digestion and is not biologically active in mammals. GM crops are designed to kill insects. Not only do they kill the bad insects, but they also kill the good insects like bees, which are critical for life on this planet. They help in pollination which sustains the plant kingdom. If pollination stops, the plant kingdom will die, and in turn all animals on earth will perish.