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  • 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

  • Protests or vandalism? Don’t kill the golden goose of private enterprise Dec 31, 2020 12:40 PM IST

    Protests or vandalism? Don’t kill the golden goose of private enterprise

    It’s a simple fact that for faster growth and an improvement in incomes, we need non-farm manufacturing jobs to grow in India, including Punjab. Agriculture can support only so many people and we need to move workers to better productive sectors 

  • Peaceful protest is a democratic right, but vandalism hurts India’s image Dec 31, 2020 08:35 AM IST

    Peaceful protest is a democratic right, but vandalism hurts India’s image

    The Punjab vandalism coupled with the hooliganism at the Apple factory at Kolar send a wrong message to global entrepreneurs who wish to be part of India’s growth story. It shows that the Indian state is incapable of safeguarding private property

  • Vilifying private enterprise threatens to push back India to the 70s Dec 30, 2020 08:35 AM IST

    Vilifying private enterprise threatens to push back India to the 70s

    The first thing economic growth requires is trust, stability and law and order. If India continues on the path of political opportunism and populism pandering to one set of private producers' unjust demands, it is doomed to be trapped forever in the low-income category

  • The quest for a middle path amid farm protests Dec 22, 2020 11:03 AM IST

    The quest for a middle path amid farm protests

    By undertaking reforms, the PM has shown his intent to drive up the sector. Through empathy and consultation, the Modi government should now bring convergence with the stakeholders

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s positive signal to farmers to hear and clear their woes Dec 18, 2020 08:48 PM IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s positive signal to farmers to hear and clear their woes

    Farmers should take the PM's call to discuss all their concerns. By offering to discuss, Narendra Modi has opened up the door for those willing to find a solution to the current stalemate

  • Farm Reforms | PM Narendra Modi’s reassurance to farmers comes at the right time Dec 18, 2020 07:17 PM IST

    Farm Reforms | PM Narendra Modi’s reassurance to farmers comes at the right time

    Intervention from the highest level should assuage the concerns of the protesting farmers. Now, a breakthrough in talks is expected, and the true potential of the farm reforms will be realised

  • Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand Dec 17, 2020 10:30 AM IST

    Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand

    Agriculture has remained a sensitive subject to tinker with because any well-intentioned move is fraught with huge political risks. However, the Narendra Modi-led government is walking the talk when it comes to agrarian reforms

  • Farm reforms essential to the long-term sustainability of agriculture Dec 16, 2020 12:33 PM IST

    Farm reforms essential to the long-term sustainability of agriculture

    The Centre needs to convey the importance of these reforms, convince the farmers of the short- and long-term benefits of these new laws, and ensure that reforms in the agriculture sector are here to stay

  • Farm laws will usher in much-needed reforms in agriculture Dec 15, 2020 01:56 PM IST

    Farm laws will usher in much-needed reforms in agriculture

    The farm laws have the potential to make farming a lucrative endeavour and also open the floodgates to private investment and innovation

  • Courageous reforms in agriculture sector long overdue. Government must not yield now Dec 14, 2020 11:53 AM IST

    Courageous reforms in agriculture sector long overdue. Government must not yield now

    The farm laws are meaningful liberalisation-oriented reforms aimed at reducing government control over the agriculture sector. Buckling under pressure on this issue will set the clock back on reforms by several years

  • Is the farmers protest a silent revolution? Dec 03, 2020 02:57 PM IST

    Is the farmers protest a silent revolution?

    Beyond its core demands, the protesting farmers are also questioning the increasing centralisation of decision making in a federal structure, lack of consultations with stakeholders on the ground, including on subjects such as land

  • Political economy and fear of the future behind farmer protests Dec 03, 2020 02:01 PM IST

    Political economy and fear of the future behind farmer protests

    The roots of the APMC goes back to colonial rule to ensure the cheap supply of raw cotton to mills in Britain. Furthermore, the roots of price control go back to the infamous Khilji era when policy to ensure a cheap supply of agricultural produce

  • A section of farmers wants to cling on to a system that has outlived its utility Dec 03, 2020 08:28 AM IST

    A section of farmers wants to cling on to a system that has outlived its utility

    Today’s national needs are different and the system needs to change. The crux of the farmers’ objection to the new policy is that it will end his life of risk-free farming

  • Has Kerala gone bananas? Maybe not Oct 30, 2020 08:21 AM IST

    Has Kerala gone bananas? Maybe not

    Kerala's MSP: The initiative is fraught with challenges, but there is a fighting chance of success

  • The farm reforms are an attempt to integrate agriculture with Indian capitalism Oct 01, 2020 08:29 AM IST

    The farm reforms are an attempt to integrate agriculture with Indian capitalism

    In the context of farm reforms, we could learn from the Chinese experience, where contract farming has flourished

  • Budget 2020 | Three important leads in the agri-rural sector Feb 01, 2020 05:16 PM IST

    Budget 2020 | Three important leads in the agri-rural sector

    With contraction in core infrastructure industries and non-food bank credit, the stress in the economy, especially in the agriculture and rural sector, demanded real action, rather than poetry.

  • The farm income problem needs a multi-pronged solution Nov 06, 2019 09:27 AM IST

    The farm income problem needs a multi-pronged solution

    The rural economy has been in the dumps for years. A recent rise in food prices may be of some help but that's not sufficient.

  • Food for thought | Why the FCI’s health is failing rapidly Aug 30, 2019 08:56 AM IST

    Food for thought | Why the FCI’s health is failing rapidly

    FCI can determine neither the purchasing/sale price not the quantities it wants to buy or sell

  • Rural demand: Revival in rainfall improves farm income prospects Aug 12, 2019 10:45 AM IST

    Rural demand: Revival in rainfall improves farm income prospects

    The scare caused by truant rainfall in June has been made up to a considerable extent in July. If August also lends a shoulder, then farm output could get a major boost.

  • Budget 2019 seeks to shift terms of trade in favour of agriculture Jul 05, 2019 04:28 PM IST

    Budget 2019 seeks to shift terms of trade in favour of agriculture

    The actualisation of healthy corporate income tax assumptions will critically depend on how rapidly the broader economy turns around, and how quickly consumption spending picks up

  • Policy | Why the MSP is not lifting agricultural prices May 06, 2019 01:13 PM IST

    Policy | Why the MSP is not lifting agricultural prices

    Nafed and other agencies are sitting over 35 lakh tonnes of pulses procured over the last three years.

  • Opinion | GDP data shows pain points in farms; economy in slowdown mode Feb 28, 2019 07:19 PM IST

    Opinion | GDP data shows pain points in farms; economy in slowdown mode

    High inflation hurts people’s buying power, while low levels can indicate poor demand and weak economic activity. Currently, it is the latter that seems to be playing out in the rural economy.

  • Opinion | Kicking its sugar addiction should be Modi govt's priority if it returns in May Jan 08, 2019 11:27 AM IST

    Opinion | Kicking its sugar addiction should be Modi govt's priority if it returns in May

    The government needs to shrink its role in the sugar sector.

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