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The Great Onion Crisis in India Is Back to Modi’s Dismay

  • Prices surged more than 200% in September from July-August
  • Government has banned all exports, cracking down on hoarding
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaking the day after he said his government would sell onions at Rs 23.90/kg at 400 ration shops, on Sept. 28.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaking the day after he said his government would sell onions at Rs 23.90/kg at 400 ration shops, on Sept. 28.Photographer: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
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Onions in India are once more at the epicenter of a major controversy, pitting government officials who want lower prices against farmers that need extra income.