The tragedy of farm­ers in once pros­per­ous Punjab

Asian Journal - - Asia -

Chandi­garh: In­dia’s old­est serv­ing chief min­is­ter, Parkash Singh Badal, has of­ten high­lighted the mis­er­able con­di­tion of farm­ers in the Green Revo­lu­tion hub Punjab, warn­ing that the peas­antry, fac­ing huge losses, could re­volt if noth­ing was done ur­gently. A new book rips apart the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship for the mess. The book, “Punjab - A Frozen Tear/Hopes and De­spairs of Farm­ers”, au­thored by P.P.S. Gill (Cen­tre for Re­search in Ru­ral and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment), at­tacks Punjab’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, point­ing out that the state has been high on slo­gans and pop­ulism, lead­ing to the once pros­per­ous and food bowl state to a sit­u­a­tion when it has to plead with the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to help it get over its fi­nan­cial mess. “For too long, Punjab has been high on po­lit­i­cal slo-

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