Everybody loves a nice, messy photo-opportunity

The statistics tumble out of the papers every morning: 42% of children—two of every five, that is—are malnourished; 56% of our population is in need of food subsidy. Etcetera. And every now and then, tears are shed at food grains rotting in warehouses while millions go hungry.

But what about this?

The grisly sight of farmers dumping their produce on the streets to protest a fall in prices or whatever their demand is. Sure, it is a way of catching the attention of the people; a photo-op for the morning papers. But surely, whevere they are, they could be registering their anger better?

The produce here: tomato. The venue: the deputy commissioner’s office in Raichur. The day: Wednesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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