The present unrest is, however, rooted in a problem of plenty. A bumper harvest has led to a crisis. More land was actually cropped
In Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the farmers are on the streets because a bumper harvest fuelled by a robust monsoon has led to a crop glut. Prices of onions, grapes, soya-bean, fenugreek and red chilli, for example, have nose-dived.