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The decline of Punjab: Blame it on its past and present rulers
21.04.16 - Mohan Guruswamy

Mohan Guruswamy (pictured below), Chairman, Centre for Policy Alternatives, New Delhi, has touched the raw nerve of Punjab in his article which appeared in Scroll.in on April 20, 2016. We are reproducing the same in toto with the hope that there will be a healthy and serious debate in Punjab's intellectual, social and political circles on the points raised in the article.
 
The Rs 20,000 crore-foodgrain scam is just another step downhill for the state that was once projected as a role model.
 
There was a time when Punjab was India’s model state. It was number one in almost every field. But for several decades now, it has been saddled with corrupt and inept governments. From being a role model for other states, Punjab has now become a disaster zone and a national burden. Now the Badal family-headed Akali Dal, ruling the state in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, has taken ...
  



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