The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “Enough to make you cry: BIG SPIKE in ONION PRICES sparks FURY, (and) ARMED ROBBERY in India” (Web-site/URL: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/28/20228605-enough-to-make-you-cry-big-spike-in-onion-prices-sparks-fury-armed-robbery-in-india?lite).
“ARMED ROBBERS have resorted to targeting trucks hauling tons of onions after monsoon rains sent prices for the popular food skyrocketing in India“. “armed robbers” sounds like ASSAD talking about “armed” GANGS
“The cost of a pound of onions has risen from around 9 rupees (13 cents) to an average of 45 rupees (65 cents) in the last month alone. The shortage is front-page news in the country, where high onion prices have been credited with swinging elections in the past”. So we’re talking about a 400% increase in onion prices.
According to Ram Kishore, “a police officer from the northern district of Shahpura where the truck carrying 40 tons of onions was seized last Wednesday (August 28m 2013)”, “It is NOT USUAL to target FRUIT or VEGETABLES. Thieves do hijack loaded trucks, but it is usually for something more valuable”. “It is not usual to target fruit or vegetables” obviously, but this reinforces the fact that when people are HUNGRY they are more likely to act ERRATICALLY.
“Nitin Khurafati, who is one of the Indian capital’s (New Delhi’s) most popular radio DJs, said the spike in prices was ALL his listeners wanted to discuss“. More specifically, the Fever FM host said: “EVEN IF I TRY TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE, THEY START TALKING ABOUT ONIONS. IT’S A STAPLE OF Indian food so everyone is REALLY ANGRY right now“. It’s NOT as if we need ANY MORE “anger” in the world nowadays.
“He added that the station had been overwhelmed with calls after he started a competition to win 11 pounds of onions”. “It started as A SPOOF. But ONCE IT TOOK OFF, THE LINES DIDN’T STOP BUZZING. We had around 2,000 calls in five minutes from people of every socio-economic class. From the poorest to people driving posh cars, THEY ALL PHONED IN”.
“At a Delhi vegetable market, stallholder Rataas Paul, 27, warily kept a close eye on his bags of onions”. “It’s CRAZY times. We have to keep guard of our onions at night now to ensure nothing happens to them”.
According to businessman Pradeep Kohli, “WE ALL NEED onions. MY DINING TABLE IS INCOMPLETE without onions, they’re used in all Indian dishes and salads. What do we do if we can’t have onions? IT’S A WORRYING TIME”.
“Retired government employee Santosh Nanda (65) added that the rising cost was hitting the elderly particularly hard”. “Our dinners are more expensive now than ever (before). Old people like me we keep an amount of money aside each month for vegetables, but this month (August, 2013), we have EXCEEDED that budget THREE TIMES OVER. We CANNOT leave onions out of our dishes, but all we can do is CONSUME LESS”. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
“Amid PROTESTS from ANGRY lawmakers, the national government has been forced to announce steps to curb price rises including measures aimed at limiting exports”. So we have MORE “anger” and “protests”.
“In the past, politicians have paid the price when onions became expensive. In 1998, the then-ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered heavy losses in Delhi state elections, a result widely blamed on high onion prices”.
“And with many states holding provincial elections this month (August, 2013) and a national election next year (2014), opposition parties have been quick to get on the offensive”.
“BJP member Vijay Jolly gave away bags of onions instead of the traditional candy during the Hindu festival of Rakhi”.
According to BJP spokeswoman Meena Kashi Lekhi, “When the onion went above 80 rupees [per kilogram –or 36 rupees per pound], THAT WAS A DEAL BREAKER. But this is just a wider symbol for THE GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO MANAGE THE ECONOMY PROPERLY”. This is the latest/yet another example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
Finally, “Stung by the criticism, the government is also considering importing onions from neighboring Pakistan — India’s ARCH-ENEMY. But Lekhi said that was TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE“. “They (the government) had their chance and THEY BLEW IT“. This is yet another/the latest example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). “It is THE POOR that are suffering and they may well vote with THEIR BELLIES”. With so many people in India HUNGRY, this will surely lead to the latest POLITICAL UPHEAVAL.
This conclusion is serious as this is an ECONOMIC/FINANCIAL conclusion. Many people will surely wonder: how can ONION prices cause a riot out of all things? Well, it’s important to remember that India is a POOR country. Many people in this country DON’T know WHERE THEIR NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM.