The disparity between rich farmers and poor farmers in India has never been starker. Suresh Pokale, a farmer from Dhayari gaon on the outskirts of Pune, has just purchased a Jaguar XJ luxury saloon worth about Rs. 1.34 crores. And to celebrate, he distributed custom-made ‘gold’ pedhas worth Rs. 7,000/kg. Predictably, this story is going viral on social media.
Speaking about the incident, Suresh’s son, Deepak Pokale, explained,
We recently bought a new Jaguar luxury car and we wanted to celebrate the joy in a royal way. We insisted that it should match the level of luxury and royal look of the car. So, we decided to make pedha with a gold covering on it. We recently saw news on a TV which inspired us to do so. We saw that a sister from Rajasthan offered a golden pedha to her brother on the occasion of the Rakhi Purnima. Everybody from our family liked the idea. So, we went to Kaka Halwai and asked if they can make such pedha, they agreed.
It’s not uncommon for rich farmers in India, especially those living on the outskirts of big cities, to buy expensive cars. Land prices around the larger cities of India have shot up thanks to a property boom, and many farmers have become overnight millionaires thanks to real estate developers buying large swathes of farmland for housing developments. In Maharasthra, another farmer came into the limelight a couple of years ago, for purchasing a Rolls Royce Ghost, a car worth a few crore rupees.
Coming to the Jaguar XJ luxury saloon, it’s the British car marque’s flagship offering. The car is sold in a single variant – Portfolio – and is powered by a 3-litre, V6 turbocharged diesel engine. This engine produces 296 Bhp of peak power and a whopping 700 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox is an eight-speed torque converter automatic unit that drives the rear wheels. Large and luxurious, the Jaguar XJ-L costs about Rs. 1.3 crores, on-road, and competes with vehicles, such as the Mercedes Benz S-Class, the Audi A8L and the BMW 7-Series.