Onion is not a long-lasting product. It cannot be hoarded for months. If, for a few weeks, we can refrain from buying onions, the prices will automatically fall. Let us sacrifice onions for a while. By buying them at such high rates, we only boost the profits of hoarders.
Annapurna M. Sanjeev,
The soaring price of onion is causing great hardship to the poor. There are strong reasons to suspect that the increase is not entirely because of too much rain. A conspiracy between corrupt politicians and unscrupulous traders seems to be a plausible cause. Onion is necessary but not essential. The Jain cuisine does not include onions and garlic, like the shojin-ryori cuisine of Japan. We can start an onion satyagraha. Let us resolve not to buy it for a few days. The price will come down sharply.
The time has come for people to protest against the abnormal prices of onions. I request the public to boycott its purchase for one or two months. Unless we adopt such tactics, we will achieve nothing. Politicians get commissions on exports and imports. Only you and I suffer.
The consumption of onions may vary in different parts of the country but it is essential for cooking. Merchants always blame too much rain or no rain for scarcity but the soaring prices are the result of hoarding. Governments do virtually nothing against hoarders for obvious reasons.
C. George Varghese,
A reader has claimed that onion is not an essential commodity (Oct. 24). He has perhaps not travelled out of Tamil Nadu. Onion is as important as wheat and rice in north India. In 1998, onion prices cost the BJP an election.