Why India’s farmers fight to save a broken system

Jaswinder Singh Gill at his home in Amritsar, India, on Feb. 25, 2021. Gill had plowed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot, but new laws could make the farm virtually unsustainable. (Rebecca Conway/The New York Times)

Jaswinder Singh Gill had ploughed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, just a dozen miles from the border with Pakistan. He has eked rice out of the sandy, loamy soil with the help of generous government […]

‘40% would be unemployed’: Rahul Gandhi jabs farm laws at ‘mahapanchayat

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday once again took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government over farmers’ issues as well as the disengagement plan by Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh amid a months-long border row between the two countries. Gandhi, who had on Thursday explained the ‘content’ and ‘intent’ of […]

Govt considers referring farm laws to House panel

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The Narendra Modi government is considering referring the three contentious farm laws to a parliamentary committee, while keeping them suspended until suggestions by the panel are examined, as a way of ending the protracted showdown with farmers, a person familiar with the discussions said. The proposed solution is under consideration at the highest level in […]

Indian police to let protesting farmers into New Delhi on Republic Day

Indian police to let protesting farmers into New Delhi on Republic Day

File photo: Farmers participate in a tractor rally to protest against the newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on January 7, 2021 Reuters Farmers have been camping on the outskirts of national capital for around two months in protest against Prime Minister Modi’s controversial farm laws Police […]

Indian govt, farmers fail to break impasse on farm laws

Indian govt, farmers fail to break impasse on farm laws

Farmers protesting against newly passed agricultural reforms try to remove police barricades on a national highway at Dharuhera, in the northern state of Haryana, India, January 3, 2021 Reuters Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping out on roads around the capital, New Delhi, for 40 days The Indian government on Monday refused to […]

Procurement of paddy at MSP in Punjab has been 25% more than last year: Puri

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New Delhi: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that the budget of the Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has gone up more than six times in the past six years. He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee to increase MSP to 1.5 times the […]

Indian opposition demands repeal of farm laws after protests

Priyanka Gandhi, a leader of India's main opposition Congress party, is seen on a bus after being detained along with party supporters outside the party headquarters, in New Delhi, India, December 24, 2020. REUTERS

Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader from the opposition Congress party, handed the president a copy of a petition that he said had attracted 20 million signatures online. “The prime minister wants to help two, three business people” by introducing the farm laws, said Gandhi, the great-grandson of India’s founding prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The government […]

India’s ruling party says ‘no question’ of repealing India farm laws

Farmer Balbir Singh, 83, sits inside his tractor trolley on a cold winter morning at the site of a protest against new farm laws, at Singhu border, near New Delhi, India, December 21, 2020. REUTERS

Tens of thousands of protesters have camped out on the outskirts of New Delhi and blocked national highways for over three weeks to protest against India’s biggest farm reforms in decades. The government says the laws enacted by parliament in September would increase farmers’ income through more private investments. They aim to link potential bulk […]