Loan waivers can, for a host of reasons, be part of a bouquet of solutions to farmers' crisis
Last Tuesday, the count for voting in five assembly elections came in. The big news was a rude surprise to the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which lost power in three key states: Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. While it was a landslide defeat in the first, in the latter two states, the BJP was outpaced by its principal rival, the Congress—though it was denied an absolute majority on its own, but had sufficient numbers to scramble across the line in an alliance. Undoubtedly, it was a shot in the arm for the Congress party and its president, Rahul Gandhi.