February 9, 2007

Onions: Destroyer of Worlds, Crusher of Civilizations

So apparently the onion is more mighty than the sword and the pen. Reuters (picked up here by the Financial Express) mentions today that the price of onions has risen in India to the point where there is potential mass hysteria (exaggerated of course by me).

According to the article: “Onions have held a special status - and obsessive media attention - in India ever since 1998 when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost state elections in Delhi, due mainly to runaway prices for what are a staple of Indian meals. Onion prices also helped push out a left-of-centre Janata Party national government in 1980.”

I fear a country where brother fights brother over the cost of a vegetable, it seems a bit stone ageish. If the lowly onion could cause political parties to topple, the real question is what would happen to NYC if the prices of Kobe Beef, truffles, or short ribs went up any further.

Mass hysteria people, mass hysteria.

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