1. After yesterday's Assembly results, Sharad Pawar has pontificated on his blog about what went wrong. "People do not like weak rulers," spoketh the wise man.
Pawar sometimes dishes out pithy and correct analysis of the given situation, but he has no credibility as a philosopher, so what makes the news is only the political significance of his statements. Even that is a futile exercise, the man hasn't ditched Congress despite a hundred such loaded statements over the past fourteen years.
In the same blog, he has also talked about rising prices of agricultural commodities, which feed the resentment of the poor and the middle class. What he has said is worth considering:
What was Kejriwal's message to these poor and middle class people (who voted for his party)? He was saying that on coming to power his party would bring down the prices of vegetables and onions, reduce the power tariff, so on and so forth. But he ignored the issues such as whether the farmer, who produces these things, was facing drought, water scarcity, which affects the production, and that affects the prices....You want cheap onion in Delhi. But the Nashik farmer who grows it has to irrigate his field by tanker water, which costs a great deal, and he expects the rightful price of his onions, that's why the price goes up. Nobody pauses to think how much the onion really contributes to our daily expenses. The same farmer is now worried because prices have fallen. But nothing doing, Delhi wants its onion cheap. (My translation.)
This part has failed to attract the media's attention. Pawar's potshots at partner Congress are routine stuff. But he is saying here, and he has said this earlier too, that the high prices of vegetables are going to be a fact of life, and farmers need high prices to survive. We must live with them. Experts can tell us whether this contention is completely correct or not, but this should have become the news, and a subject of discussion.
2. Some observations after the results: a) BJP now has three Chief Ministers who have scored a hat-trick. This is awesome. Especially in the case of Madhya Pradesh.
b) Arvind Kejriwal really hates the political establishment. He is unsparing of them even in victory. c) Like you, readers, I too would love to see the Congress minus the dynasty. But what then? Except for the dynasty, what has kept the Congress together all these years? P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh, Shashi Tharoor, all brilliant men. But between them, how many Lok Sabha seats? This isn't USA or Western Europe, is it? This isn't Africa or Pakistan either, thank you.