Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Vegetable Costs and Bengal

India is a diverse nation like and one would consider it unthinkable that the humble vegetable or lack of access to it could prove a doomsday or clarion call for the mega shakeup in a democratic set up. In West Bengal News, the point is that many of the voters would look at the precedents that history has thrown or given to arrive at a point of plausible conclusion that sure there is possibility to build a better future or now with price affordable vegetables as the barometer.

It can be recalled that the price of bread and the unaffordability of basic needs for life was the primary cause of one the best known revolutions in history-the French revolution. It has been ages since and we have seen from tremendous frustration, lack of basic daily needs and the overwhelming anger of the common fraternity to the ruling class that many revolutions in history have taken place in different dimensions and geographical locations.

Recently, from tea stalls, low vegetable prices and the pervasive clamor for low inflation figures, the worst to suffer would surely run in droves to these ingenuously devised schemes to capture public mood and attention. The point though remains to be seen whether these are effective counters to the disease diagnosed-persistent inflation. And its effects on the common man or are they a master key attempt at creating a leadership opportunity in a vast democracy. The benefits naturally accrue two ways; unless the powers that be give an effective counter in a timely manner it seems given the French revolution recollection-it was pent up anger at inflation and lack of food for the hungry masses that led to one of history’s major lessons in leadership.

India of course is at one enviable stage of growth but unless the benefits trickle down to these few punished by inflation, the pattern witnessed in the recent assembly election cannot be wished away, dismissed or some imaginative dreaming.

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