Opinion | The shackled Indian farmer
Farmers deal with tens, if not hundreds, of variables and uncertainty, and still manage. The problem is that farmers are not allowed to use all their resources and engage with global markets
In the last 10 days, Delhi has seen, at first hand, over 100,000 farmers marching to highlight agrarian distress. Unfortunately, the political response, both from government and the opposition, has been paternalistic platitudes on how it is our duty to help the farmers. The truth, however, is that farmers don’t need the help the government has provided over seven decades. The government’s “help" is the cause of the distress. Farmers actually need the government to get out of their way. There are six specific ways in which Indian farmers are shackled.