THE SWEET SMELL OF CANE

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

A lit­tle fur­ther down the high­way, a trac­tor is dump­ing sugar canes in large piles. Kis­han Pal is 45 and looks 60. Un­like young To­mar, he isn't a landown­ing farmer but the kind of farmer that news­pa­pers carry pictures of to show that the per­son is a farmer. The place smells of slightly fer mented sug­ar­cane, a sweetly sweaty smell that I could imag­ine could give me a high if I joined Pal in his work. “We make gur (jag­gery) here from the cane,” he ex­plains, af­ter clearly stat­ing with the hon­esty that only hon­est, hard­work­ing folks in movies are shown to state, “What will hap­pen in the elec­tions, no one knows. The wind is blow­ing this way. But then it is blow­ing some five other di­rec­tions as well. No one knows.”

He, too, says the de­mon­eti­sa­tion hasn't cre­ated trou­ble for him. A bit l at e r he puts it more in con­text. “There are prob­lems we face all the t ime . There are sma l l p r o b l e ms and there are big ones. This wasn't a big prob­lem. One just stood in lines longer.”

Jats sup­ported Ajit Singh sim­ply be­cause he's Cha­ran Singh's son and that he's a Jat. But what dif­fer­ence will he do? He's too pro­vin­cial, says Sau­rabh

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