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 Indian Council of Agriculture Research has long lost it sense of direction and even will to deliver magic in the Indian countryside.
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.
Using dressed up data and wrong farming economics, sycophants — in the guise of economists — are distorting the reality around the farm sector.
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.
The government’s grand vision for a ‘New India’ is at variance with its narrow economic policies; the DBT seems to be all about transferring benefits to the industry.
AAP stood for change and Punjab was ripe for the picking but an overconfident and inexperienced AAP floundered with its messaging and its issues
As academics validate their own ingrained fear of an Indian food shortage, vested interests incorporate food fears into their business model for profiteering.
Demonetisation creates a cash shortage, consumers are buying smaller quantities of fresh produce, which means permanent loss of demand; not deferred purchase.