O P Dhankar [Courtesy The Hindu ] Farmers are criminals and cowards, according to the BJP. The party’s agricultural minister in Haryana, Mr O P Dhankar, explained the logic . “Committing suicide is a crime , according to Indian law. Any person who commits suicide escapes from his responsibilities and leaves the burden on his wife and innocent children and such people are cowards .” Mr Dhankar was the former head of the BJP’s Kisan Cell. It is easy to dismiss Mr Dhankar’s view as a personal opinion. Rahul Gandhi, who seems to have found some enlightenment after his long contemplation abroad, has started questioning the BJP’s anti-farmer policies eloquently if not effectively enough. His lack of effectiveness stems from his lack of vision. It is not enough to question a system; one has to suggest an alternative one. Mr Gandhi is yet to rise to the stature of a leader with any practical vision in spite of rubbing shoulders with the aam aadmi for quite some time.