Can a potato chip help the government in its bid to open up retail to overseas investment? The said wafer was sought to be turned into a political weapon by Rahul Gandhi on his campaign in Uttar Pradesh, where a potato glut has forced farmers to abandon the crop.
A packet of chips costs Rs 10 and all it takes to make it is half a potato. Foreign direct investment in retail, he said, will help you get your potato out of the ground and to the chip maker directly, helping you earn much more than now. While that may not quite be how the process works, full marks for trying to make an economic point that people can grasp.
The tuber, which when fried and salted is fairly irresistible, has had its transformational moments, and not just for weight watchers—the 1800s Irish famine, for instance.
The Indian government could do with some help—maybe the noble spud, that most starchy of vegetables, will come to its rescue.