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The reality of costly tomato
Vegetable prices seem to be the only parameter set for evaluation of inflation. It is important too because while many products do not have a large impact on our day to day budget, particularly the lower and the medium section of the society, to the extent the vegetables have. But are the media reports totally true and relate to every part of the country?

Since, it is the matter of grave concern for most of the masses, no body take pains to check the claims. In order to check the ground realities I went to the local wholesale market at Faridabad, a couple of days back. Undoubtedly the rates were found to be souring high. But the interesting fact is that the rates which we all assume to be all over the country or at least in NCR are not the ground realities.

To have an idea I am just discussing the rates of certain vegetable. To start with let's talk about tomato because tomato is playing the role for BJP what onion played for the Congress once. While the TV channels say that tomato is in the range of Rs 90 to Rs 100 for a kilogram, I got the same easily at half the price, i.e. Rs 50 per kilogram, that too without any negotiation.

Further, the rate of tomato was Rs 40 per kg at some other place but the quality was not that good as it was of the dearer one. Another important ingredient every kitchen needs is the potato, it was available at Rs 25/kg. This is the price at which we get potato at most of the times throughout the year. To my surprise ladyfinger was available at Rs.10 per kg. Just to check whether it is of right quality I purchased the same, which was certified by the experts at home as the right quality.

The same ladyfinger was also available at the double price of Rs 20 per kg at some other vendors. Lemon was comparatively a consoling factor at Rs 40 per kg, which is rarely found these days. The cauliflower, being a VIP vegetable these days was off course available at Rs 100 per kg. With this discussion my intention is not to prove any reports wrong but the idea is to understand the impact of the 'Capital affect'.

Since most of the channels and national papers talk of Delhi only, the people from other towns need to check the ground realities before reacting with a panic. I am not sure what would be the prices in the coming days. A few days ago, one of my relatives underlined a fact which none of us realise.

While talking about the water logging he said, "It is quiet surprising that people all through the country know the spots of water-logging in Delhi because what we call as 'National News' is more or less 'capital news'. Even the national newspapers have more than enough of news from Delhi alone. It is also a fact that what the news from country minus Delhi takes place is even less than the news of sports and the news form rest of the world are covered.

Even the area in the immediate vicinity of Delhi and part of NCR are not given that much of coverage that they need. The news from Faridabad, Karnal, Panipat, Palwal and Hodal are so rare that anyone can count the same on fingers, talking on the annual basis. Hence, the national news is more of capital news and the viewers must get influenced only after knowing the ground realities.

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