As farmers look for a farmer leader, thoughts turn to Chaudhary Charan Singh, the plain-speaking and contrarian leader. A peasant becoming Prime Minister still resonates across rural India.
Good intentions based on bad understanding aggravate an already challenging situation. Policy and implementation must be designed with more rigour than in the past.
Farm sector policies have not incentivised self-sustainability but have forced farmers on a path where they survive on doles. Will things change under a new government?