Sunday, April 02, 2006

Onions thrown at Union Agriculture Minister

A headline I saw in NDTV tells me that farmers in Nashik threw onions at Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar when he went there to address a meeting. The farmers are angry as the price of onions has plumetted from around Rs.400-500 per quintal (100kgs.) to Rs. 150 per quintal. Some farmers have even committed suicide because of their inability to bear the loss. We are so used to the death by suicide of farmers in Maharashtra and Andhra that it has ceased to affect us. Neither onions nor poverty can bring tears to our eyes. Not even crocodile tears.