Experience so far shows guaranteeing an MSP causes havoc on the ground. The solution to making farming viable lies elsewhere
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.
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
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.
The withdrawal of the farm laws must be seen as a tactical retreat and new methods must be found for reintroducing the reforms
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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
These bodies can handhold their members through the maze of marketplace so that the farmers remain profitable
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
The government no longer thinks it’s necessary to camouflage reforms. That is a momentous change
Freedom of expression is the life blood of democracies, but hate speech and incitement to violence need to be firmly disallowed
Washington does not have the political currency to make grandiose statements. Instead, regular concerns will be laced with prosaic and benign verses
Prime Minister defends farm reforms, says India can achieve great things if it comes together as one
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
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
Parliamentary democracy cannot be held hostage by violent interest groups working to protect their oppressive social and political power at expense of the masses
The Supreme Court has a well-defined role under the Indian Constitution. Its excursions beyond those boundaries have far-reaching, and counter-productive, consequences
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