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To bridge the urban-rural divide, India should accelerate economy’s structural transformation -Kalaiyarasan A The demand for equitable access to quality education and healthcare should complement agriculture reforms in the country. It has been more than six months since the Samyukt Kisan Morcha – the umbrella organisation representing protesting Indian farmers – ended its 15-month-long agitation at Delhi’s borders against the three Farm Laws. Some of their demands were met, while their demand for a Minimum Support Price guarantee remains unfulfilled. These developments do little to...

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Microphone, ink attack on Rakesh Tikait in Bengaluru -KM Rakesh

-The Telegraph Bharatiya Kisan Union leader was addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan when a man rushed to the dais, grabbed a mic and hit him Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait was attacked with a microphone and had ink thrown at him amid alleged chants of “Modi, Modi” in Bangalore on Monday, foregrounding a contested claim that an attempt had been made to buy off some of those who took part in the...

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Biodiversity Amendments Will Further Isolate India’s Agri, Environment Ministries -Shalini Bhutani * The proposed Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill 2021 encourages a conducive environment for investments and to simplify the patent application process. * Farmers in India have historically been against any kind of IP rights – whether patents or plant variety protection over seed and planting materials. * In a confused mix of laws, the government also grants IP rights to BMCs for farmers’ varieties – formed under the Biological Diversity Act –...

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War, Food, Decolonisation and Why India Needs to Thank its Farmers -Prabhat Patnaik The heroic kisan agitation against the Farm Laws has saved the day for India by defeating Imperialist efforts to undo India’s ‘food sovereignty’. Russia and Ukraine together account for 30% of the world’s wheat exports. Many African countries, in particular, are heavily dependent on them for their food supplies, which are now getting disrupted because of the war. And this disruption will continue since the war is also affecting the acreage...

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Should India Stop Wheat Exports To Feed Its Poor? -Kamalika Ghosh

-Outlook India Better prices luring Indian farmers to sell their produce to private traders for sale in the global markets. Should India need to worry? One man’s loss is another man’s gain. And here, in a rare circumstance, the Indian farmers seem to be on the gaining side. First, the Centre had to bow in front of the community and revoke its three Farm Laws, and now, because of the Russia-Ukraine war,...

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