Eat eggs, chicken if rice is costly- Communist Mockery of poor

published on December 7, 2007

Eat eggs, chicken if rice is costly: Divakaran


As the State continues to reel under the unprecedented rise in the prices of rice, Food and Civil Supplies Minister C Divakaran has advised people to transform their food habits to suit those of the liberalised world. “Won’t a glass of milk and two eggs do in place of the meals for a time?” he asked while inaugurating the State Livestock Conservation Fair at Peringottukara in Trissur on Friday.

In a speech underlined with sarcasm, Divakaran said eggs, milk and chicken meat could be far more nutritious than rice. Malayalees should learn new food habits, he said. His speech ironically did not make any mention of any official steps to control the prices of various varieties of rice, which had already caused much hardship to the common people of the State.

The Minister said that the transformation need not be confined to food habit but it could be applied to cultivation scene as well. He said instead of rice, Keralites could try farm chicken. This would also help rice prices come down, he added.

The Minister’s sarcastic advises naturally failed to evoke applause from the crowd, but several people were heard asking whether problems in the LDF had made the Minister insensitive to people’s problem.

“This is an affront at the common man of this State. The most serious aspect of his comments is that these had not come from any Minister but the one whose duty it was to see that the people had at least two square meals a day. Instead he is trying to mock the poor people,” said a toddy-tapping worker belonging to the AITUC, the trade union of the Minister’s own party, CPI.

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