Farmer unions have confined themselves to issues that resonate with farmers but missing the big picture around genuine transformation of rural livelihood across India.
The policy-making regime seems to be keen to make the grim prognostications around the impact of climate change come true.
Entrenched vested interests have rigged the system making it easier to dis-cuss a new approach to the food system than to implement one.
Budgets and even ballots are seemingly irrelevant after the GST roll out and the government allowing non-state actors to influence the narrative even as the farm sector sinks into an abyss
India’s khichdi policy for the farm sector, does not make for a healthy broth but deepens the structural mess that can be ignored only to the country’s peril.
The perils besetting the farm sector should draw attention to the missing contribution of the ICAR, the raison d’être of which is Indian farming.
How does one correlate the dramatic ‘doubling of farm incomes’ with the growing farmer agitation across the country?
The Direct Benefit Transfer of Fertiliser Subsidy, though good on paper, is emerging as a mechanism to transfer benefits exclusively to the industry; not the farmer.
As academics validate their own ingrained fear of an Indian food shortage, vested interests incorporate food fears into their business model for profiteering.
Where is the rural logic in development planning is a legitimate question when urban infrastructure has money thrown at it while rural India cries for resources.