Framing the farming issue
India does not currently have a holistic framework to advance agriculture, farming, animal husbandry and allied subjects
There have been 87 Union budgets (including the interim ones) since independence. The finance minister (FM) will present the 88th this Thursday. Almost every budget speech has recorded the FM of the time speaking on the importance of agriculture and announcing a few measures. We know that elections are won and lost on onions and pulses. In Andhra Pradesh, several years ago, the Telugu Desam Party lost the election after a spirited and much-admired effort by Chandrababu Naidu to modernize Hyderabad. Recently, the Gujarat elections have narrowed the majority of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In both cases, commentators argue that the rural voter has felt neglected.