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  • A comprehensive MSP is impractical, so what’s the solution then? Dec 03, 2021 10:30 AM IST

    A comprehensive MSP is impractical, so what’s the solution then?

    Experience so far shows guaranteeing an MSP causes havoc on the ground. The solution to making farming viable lies elsewhere

  • 12 Opposition MPs suspended for 'unprecedented acts of misconduct' in last session of Parliament Nov 29, 2021 04:03 PM IST

    12 Opposition MPs suspended for 'unprecedented acts of misconduct' in last session of Parliament

    The suspended MPs include Elamaram Kareem of the CPI(M), Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, R Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain, Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress, Binoy Viswam of the CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of TMC, and Priyanka Chaturvedi, Anil Desai of Shiv Sena.

  • Winter Session begins today. Here's a look at the key Bills to be tabled in Parliament Nov 29, 2021 08:31 AM IST

    Winter Session begins today. Here's a look at the key Bills to be tabled in Parliament

    The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, a Bill to ban private cryptocurrencies, and a Bill to replace ordinances extending the tenures of the directors of CBI and ED are among 26 Bills in the agenda

  • Noida International Airport | BJP's infra push to set tone for high-stakes UP Assembly elections Nov 25, 2021 11:28 AM IST

    Noida International Airport | BJP's infra push to set tone for high-stakes UP Assembly elections

    The event in Noida's Jewar is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first public meeting in Western Uttar Pradesh, days after he announced the decision to withdraw the three controversial farm laws that had led to protests by farmers across the country. Western Uttar Pradesh was one of the epicentres of the protests demanding the roll back of the three laws.

  • Just how rich are farmers in Punjab? Nov 24, 2021 08:46 AM IST

    Just how rich are farmers in Punjab?

    The withdrawal of the farm laws must be seen as a tactical retreat and new methods must be found for reintroducing the reforms 

  • Farm laws repealed: It’s game wide open in Punjab Nov 23, 2021 10:43 AM IST

    Farm laws repealed: It’s game wide open in Punjab

    The tough call for the Congress will be whether to name Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief ministerial candidate and antagonise Navjot Singh Sidhu, or keep the suspense till the elections are over 

  • Five implications of repealing farm laws Nov 22, 2021 03:04 PM IST

    Five implications of repealing farm laws

    Throughout the protests, interests of those farmers who are not wealthy, and do not own vast tracts of land were missing. With the U-turn, Modi has condemned them to another quarter century of economic subjugation 

  • What will be the future of agriculture reforms? Nov 22, 2021 09:31 AM IST

    What will be the future of agriculture reforms?

    The announcement to repeal the farm laws 2020 on the ground that the Centre could not convince a section of farmers clearly indicates that reforms are hard for any government, but no reforms will be fatal for agriculture 

  • The politics and economics of farm laws repeal Nov 22, 2021 08:24 AM IST

    The politics and economics of farm laws repeal

    What the Centre had planned would, in the aggregate, raise farm incomes substantially and enable India to move up from being a low middle income country. The crucial mistake the Centre made was not to spend enough time with farmers explaining the whole new system and securing their support

  • Farm laws rolled back. Whither agriculture reforms? Nov 19, 2021 04:08 PM IST

    Farm laws rolled back. Whither agriculture reforms?

    Farmers need access to markets that fetch them the best price in efficiently driven systems. The Prime Minister’s announcement shall take care of farmers’ fears of corporate takeover of India’s agri markets. The bigger question is: Is the status quo situation of over-dependence on middlemen better? 

  • PM Narendra Modi gets timing right with a political solution to farmers’ protest Nov 19, 2021 02:32 PM IST

    PM Narendra Modi gets timing right with a political solution to farmers’ protest

    The Narendra Modi government repeals the three controversial farm laws, clearing the way for ending the year-long farmers' protest. The move is likely to improve the BJP’s prospects in the 2022 state elections 

  • Farmers will march to Parliament everyday from the start of winter session: Farmers' Union SKM Nov 09, 2021 08:24 PM IST

    Farmers will march to Parliament everyday from the start of winter session: Farmers' Union SKM

    SKM has also called upon farmers to observe one year of the protests on Delhi borders on November 26 by assembling in large numbers at the borders and holding state-level protests.

  • By-election in Ellenabad is a test of farmers' ballot power Oct 30, 2021 11:02 AM IST

    By-election in Ellenabad is a test of farmers' ballot power

    Haryana assembly constituency Ellenabad goes to by-polls in the shadow of the farmers’ movement and is seeing a triangular contest between the BJP, Congress and Indian National Lok Dal.

  • Free electricity makes little sense. DBT is the way forward Sep 30, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    Free electricity makes little sense. DBT is the way forward

    The main plank of the DBT is targeting. Beneficiaries can be identified based on their economic status. No business should be made to supply free, and then wait fretfully for the government to reimburse the resultant loss. Subsidy is an arrangement between citizens and the government. Businesses should not get embroiled in it 

  • How to make the most of farm laws? Answer lies in farmer producer organisations Mar 31, 2021 10:35 AM IST

    How to make the most of farm laws? Answer lies in farmer producer organisations

    These bodies can handhold their members through the maze of marketplace so that the farmers remain profitable

  • PM Modi’s defence of the much-demonised private sector comes at the right time Feb 11, 2021 03:18 PM IST

    PM Modi’s defence of the much-demonised private sector comes at the right time

    It is strange that the current Congress leadership should decry the role of corporates when its own government in 1991 made the economy leapfrog, thanks to decisive liberalisation measures that unshackled entrepreneurs

  • Why PM Modi's private sector defence is a watershed in India’s political economy Feb 11, 2021 12:20 PM IST

    Why PM Modi's private sector defence is a watershed in India’s political economy

    The government no longer thinks it’s necessary to camouflage reforms. That is a momentous change

  • The dilemma that Twitter and social media pose for democracies Feb 11, 2021 11:22 AM IST

    The dilemma that Twitter and social media pose for democracies

    Freedom of expression is the life blood of democracies, but hate speech and incitement to violence need to be firmly disallowed

  • US will be more concerned about soybeans and agri-exports to China than India’s farm laws Feb 11, 2021 10:41 AM IST

    US will be more concerned about soybeans and agri-exports to China than India’s farm laws

    Washington does not have the political currency to make grandiose statements. Instead, regular concerns will be laced with prosaic and benign verses

  • Message from PM Modi’s Rajya Sabha speech: Reforms will continue and none will be left behind Feb 08, 2021 02:58 PM IST

    Message from PM Modi’s Rajya Sabha speech: Reforms will continue and none will be left behind

    Prime Minister defends farm reforms, says India can achieve great things if it comes together as one 

  • Republic Day violence raises questions about right to protest and agitational politics Jan 29, 2021 08:34 AM IST

    Republic Day violence raises questions about right to protest and agitational politics

    Mass movements are known to go off course because of the inability of its authors to always be in control of circumstances and forces at play 

  • Protesting farmers and a resolute government: Where will the twain meet? Jan 27, 2021 12:56 PM IST

    Protesting farmers and a resolute government: Where will the twain meet?

    If the government’s strategy is to tire the farmers into returning their homes, it seems to have underestimated the trust deficit between itself and the protesting farmers

  • Implement farm laws without delay and investigate those behind Republic Day violence Jan 27, 2021 12:12 PM IST

    Implement farm laws without delay and investigate those behind Republic Day violence

    Parliamentary democracy cannot be held hostage by violent interest groups working to protect their oppressive social and political power at expense of the masses

  • Legal Matters | Is Supreme Court trespassing beyond its remit? Jan 13, 2021 04:23 PM IST

    Legal Matters | Is Supreme Court trespassing beyond its remit?

    The Supreme Court has a well-defined role under the Indian Constitution. Its excursions beyond those boundaries have far-reaching, and counter-productive, consequences

  • By staying the implementation of the three farm laws, the SC has sent out the wrong message Jan 13, 2021 03:12 PM IST

    By staying the implementation of the three farm laws, the SC has sent out the wrong message

    Why is the apex court taking upon itself the burden not cast on it by the Constitution? Even if the court is moved by the plight of the farmers, it could exhort them to abjure their obstinacy in taking to the streets with alacrity