The crisis of farmer politics4 min read . Updated: 25 Oct 2016, 01:12 AM IST
While the Kisan Yatra by the Congress may be seen only as a political ploy, the real question that needs to be asked is: What happened to farmers' politics in the country?
Recent attempts by Rahul Gandhi to mobilize farmers during his Kisan Yatra might not revive the fortunes of the Congress party in Uttar Pradesh, but they did contribute to bringing the issues of farmers and agriculture to the political mainstream. Given that almost half of the total workers in the country are still engaged in farming and the majority of households in rural areas are still dependent on agriculture, directly or indirectly, issues confronting the farming community are naturally an important electoral plank. More so in an environment where rural areas, and the agricultural sector in particular, have been in some distress in recent years. Notwithstanding the good monsoon this year after back-to-back drought years, most commentators agree that the rural economy and the agricultural sector may not be out of distress.
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