13 June, 2021

No Bigger Now Than Baramati?

The IPL disclosures are incidental. Pawar and his party are paying the price of myopia.

Apoorva Salkade
No Bigger Now Than Baramati?

His Record As Minister Of Agriculture...

  • Food inflation at its highest in two decades—16-20%
  • Draft of Food Security Act problematic, not yet passed
  • He aggressively pursued the introduction of controversial GM food in the country

...And His Family’s Business Interests

  • Sugar, grapes, horticulture
  • Cooperatives—sugar and other mills and factories; marketing federations; credit institutions
  • Partnerships in distilleries
  • Stakes in holding companies of some construction and infrastructure majors


Sharad Pawar was in an unusually chatty mood that afternoon as his election campaign convoy thundered its way through the talukas of Baramati to arrive in his pocketborough. In between, there were numerous halts to shake hands with admirers, address crowds in earthy Marathi, mutter instructions to his personal staff and...

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