Poll straws in the wind, they are a-blowing

National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme extended to the entire country…. Hike in the minimum support price for wheat, rice and other crops…. Rice at two rupees a kilo in Andhra Pradesh…. Housing for displaced mill workers in Bombay….

P. Sainath in The Hindu:

“India is never more incredible than when polls are on or around the corner. And politics is never more focussed on real issues either. At that point, the blah of software superstardom or nuclear nirvana is simply buried. Unlike newspaper editors and channel anchors, most politicians know who votes. To messily paraphrase Samuel Johnson, nothing concentrates the human mind more than the knowledge that its owner is to be hanged in a fortnight. Elections appear to produce that result in Incredible India.”

Read the full article here: ‘Incredible India’ right here at home