Give Rs 90K each to 1m cultivators and reap rich political dividends

By Ajay Vir Jakhar

The agrarian core of India, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, is heading into polls. Poor farmers have got old hearing election promises of loan waivers, Swaminathan report, higher MSPs and free and cheaper electricity. Its sad, politicians are surrounded by courtiers who dont farm and cant even drum up new slogans.

In this season of election manifestoes, there are alternatives, which will win elections without saddling tottering state governments with additional financial burden. To explain, Ill choose Punjab, not because I farm there, but because its an environmental and economic nightmare rolled into one poisonous brew.