The lockdown impacts different farming spaces differently and unless the bureaucracy consults the affected stakeholders the farm sector crisis will only deepen.
AAP stood for change and Punjab was ripe for the picking but an overconfident and inexperienced AAP floundered with its messaging and its issues
Engineering a systematic failure of the rural co-operative banking sector would be an unpardonable desecration that seems to be in the making
Yet another election with the same promises exposes the state of the politicians, surrounded by non-farmer courtiers who cannot even drum up new slogans.
Policies fail because policy-makers do not know the ground realities and do not consult those that know. The GST is a prime example
Prayers were answered as the monsoon made landfall in Kerala, close to where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. Its impact on political fortunes will be just as significant. This government has promised to double farm incomes in six years and economists argued that this would be impossible because it would entail a 12 per cent annual growth in incomes, something that is unprecedented globally.
Food insecurity stems not from insufficient production but from irrational use and inequitable distribution of resources coupled with inaccessibility to food.
The Seventh Pay Commission recommends an additional annual benefit of Rs 1 lakh crore for salaried employees and pensioners. Where does it leave the hapless farmer?
Export restrictions are a form of regressive taxation because they are imposed when domestic prices skyrocket but there is no concerted action when prices collapse.
Mandi middlemen, street vendors, shopkeepers and profiteers, if unchecked, will shatter the dream of millions who elected a new government to tame persistent inflation.