There is a proverb in my mother tongue Telugu Language: "tADi ceTTu enduku ekkAvu anTE, dUDa gaDDi kOsam, annADu Ta". Approx. English Gist: A person climbed a palmyra tree. Passersby asked him, "Why did you climb the palm tree?". He replied: "For the purpose of grass for the calf". When any person gives an answer not relevant to the question, this proverb is, sometimes, used. Mr. Raghuram Rajan is the Governor, Reserve Bank of INdia. He functioned as Chief Economic Adviser to our Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He was for sometime, Chief Economist at IMF, and Professor of Finance at University of Chicago. Hence, whatever he says, people take as Financial Veda or Bible or Quran, except probably the Prime Minister and Finance Minister of India.
Meaning of the South Indian savoury "dOSa" for the benefit of those who are not conversant with it:-- A flat pan cake, roasted on a flat pan, with a little oil. Served with chutney, usually made of Ground Bengalgram Lentils, Ground Raw coconut core kernel, salt to taste, green chillies to taste, etc. In South India, dOSa preparation has been perfected as an art, both in homes as well as roadside tea stalls. There are about 100 types of dOSas in vogue, depending upon the type of cereals and pulses used for making the bater, and the vegetables and spices used to support. For more information, unfamiliar readers can visit this Wikipaedia link: Click to go to Wikipedia.org .
Photo courtesy wikipedia.org same web-page
We shall, now have a quote from Media. Click to go to Deccanchronicle.com, to read this item.
Why 'dosa' prices not down? Rajan blames it on 'tawa'!
An Engineering Student asked the question: "In real life, I have a query on Dosa prices - when inflation rates go up, Dosa prices go up, but when inflation rates are lower, the Dosa prices are not lowered. What is happening to our beloved Dosa, sir".
"...So, what happens is that in an economy which is growing and when there are sectors which are improving technologically while other sectors are not improving their technology, the prices for the goods manufactured by sectors, that are not improving their technology, will go up faster. ..."
"...You are seeing it in the case of Dosa..."
"...Till today that person puts it (Dosa batter) on Tawa, spreads it around and then takes it out, right? There has been no technological improvement there. ..."
"...However, the wages that you are paying to that gentleman, especially in a high-wage sort of state like Kerala, are going up all the time..."
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
I do not want to question the intelligence of our RBI Guv. Mr. Rajan may be staying as a Guest of Big Persons and Corporates, or he may be staying at Big Hotels. He may not have many occasions to buy dOsAs on roadside in South India.
Mr. Rajan might not have had time to look into the Economics of DOsa making. Nor will Mr. Narendra Modi have, though he claims to hail from a Tea stall family.
REASONS FOR INCREASE IN PRICES OF DOSAs
Among nearly a 100 dOSa genres, the most common and popular dOSA is theoretically made from urAd dAl (minapa pappu), i.e. Blackgram Lentils, decorticated, split or unsplit. The second most popular dOSa is made of Greengram Lentils, "pesara aTTu". In Andhra Pradesh, dOSas are called "aTTu"-s. As far as food and recipes are concerned Residual Andhra Pradesh was closer to Tamil Nadu , and not to Telangana. This is also one of the reasons for the Telangana People to split from Residual A.P.
What is the present price of Blackgram dAl Lentils today? Rs. 160 per kg. Greengram Lentils nearly Rs. 140/- per kg. What is the price of Bengalgram Lentils today? Rs. 80/- per kg.
I can't speak for Kerala or Tamil Nadu, but the conditions may be similar to the Residual A.P. Consequent to rise in the price of ingredients, the percentage of main ingredient has nearly disappeared. When we say minapa aTTu (Pan cake made of Blackgram_, there should be blackgram in it. Instead, we find only bater made from flour of Ration Shop rice as the main ingredient. What we eat today are not really dOSAs or minapa aTTus. They are just some pan cakes. In the chutney, coconuts have totally disappeared. Some people have reduced the percentage of Bengal gram Lentils (vEyincina Sanaga pappu).
What is the price of the Oil used in making Oil, does Shri Rajan know? If real groundnut Oil or coconut oil is used it should be Rs. 140/- per litre. Even Sunflower Oil is not used, because of high costs. We poor South Indians get either palmolene stuff, adulterated with oil made from tallows of animal carcasses.
Still, I do not want to blame the roadside vendors, small hotels, and banDis (carts). They have their own set of problems. Earlier, they were using domestic gas cylinders. Their costs, were a little under control at that time. Now, after the introduction of Adhar, and the limits placed on the number of Cylinders, the banDiwallahs are forced to buy their fuel in black market. Besides, they have to feed dOSas to Municipal workers, Sanitary INspectors, Gas Boys, everybody freely.
I do not know how many millions of poor people have made road-side tea-stalls, tiffin-carts, as their main source of livelihood. In my view it will be at least 1 crore (10 million).
Even in Medium Size hotels, fat wages are not paid to Hotel workers. I can't speak about some Taj, Mumbai or Oberoi, Mumbai. In fact, unable to bear the costs, pay wages, rents, many Medium sized Hotels in Residual Andhra Pradesh have closed down.
Today, we have more number of Bars and Wine shops in our Towns and Cities, than good Coffee Hotels. Those who live in Guntur may know or may not know, because they have shifted to tea. It is difficult to get good Coffee, now-a-days in Residual Andhra Pradesh. Not to speak of the Filter Coffee, even the Brue type. We can get beer, but not Coffee.
Mr. Rajan may or may not know: The Red Gram Lentils (tuwar dal or kandi paruppu) used in making SAmbAr, a supporting dish to Idli, DoSe, Meals etc.-- was sold for sometime at Rs. 200 per kg, poor quality. Today, though there is some fall, yet it is not enough.
There may be thousand reasons for Food Inflation in India. One important reason for high prices of Lentils, is the steep fall in the area of cultivation of all the leguminous lentils i.e. Redgram, Blackgram, Greengram, Bengalgram, owing to excessive urbanisation and conversion of fertile lands into housing plots. Replenishment of shortfalls are being made only through imports. The Govt. of India has huge Foreign Exchange Reserves at its disposal, mobilised by throwing away valuable lands to Foreign Corporates freely or at a pittance, and by giving numerous tax concessions. The GOI is totally blind to the imperative need for Indianisation of Agriculture or Industry. Nobody can save this country.
At least for the sake of maintaining the dignity of our country, we should not call Mr. Rajan, a small joker, because there are bigger jokers above him. He must introspect, if he really cares to, keeping always in his mind the TALISMAN quote of Mahatma Gandhi reproduced by me in my previous blog posts. But if he wants to implement everything exactly as per the TALISMAN QUOTE of Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Rajan will be shunted out from RBI.
Subject to substantial Revision, additions and deletions. To continue and revise this, with more proof.. सशेष. సశేషం.