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Study shows food shortage among Bengal tribals

able to afford food more than twice a day. The findings came as an embarrassment for Nabanna as the government had earlier said no tribal faced scarcity of food after deaths of few Savars were repoRTEd from Jhargram a couple of months ago. Please click here to read more.

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Why Adam Smith favoured public education -Alex M Thomas

-The Hindu The authority of Adam Smith is frequently invoked by suppoRTErs of the free market, who argue for extending the market forces to all conceivable goods and services and eliminating any kind of government intervention in markets. However, Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations make it clear that he was not a laissez faire or free market capitalism apologist. Favo

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Stand by those jailed for activism: Amartya Sen

u It is time to stand by those who are being jailed for activism or persons like Naseeruddin Shah who are raising questions about growing intolerance in the country, Professor Amartya Sen told repoRTErs here on Monday. “There is growing intolerance compared to the past. Many activists are now jailed as Maoist sympathisers…it is extraordinary violation of human rights. Even Naseeruddin Shah is targeted. “We should stand by t

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Farm loan waivers are not the panacea -Anjani Kumar & Seema Bathla

er of Haryana, waiving Rs.227.5 crore of farm loans by banks and cooperatives. Over the next decade despite the RBI’s warning of the adverse consequences of such measures, several States resoRTEd to them. In 2008, the UPA government announced one of the largest debt waiver schemes in history. The Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme waived Rs.60,000 crore spread across 237 districts and reaching 30 million farmers. Over the next fe

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India's Cow Crisis Part 2: Threat of decline looms over livestock economy after 35 years' growth -Jitendra

sidents know who “those” people are but never name them. “I don’t get sleep without cattle,” signs off Rahamdin. Like him, the village’s other residents have staRTEd quitting cattle-rearing due to the rising threat of violence over cattle movement and stringent anti-cow trade laws that have been imposed in the state. Cattle have simply vanished from the village’s landscape. At best, a few households keep

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Another Lifeline Smothered: MGNREGA in Shambles -Samarth Grover

’s only employment guarantee is riddled with problems and being systematically undermined with illegal restrictions on its budget allocation, severe payment delays and low wages. What was staRTEd as a demand-based programme has now been conveRTEd to a resource-based programme. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the silence surrounding the scheme’s future existence by saying to the Co

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Farm loan waiver: How to nip it in the bud -Naveen P Singh

crore of loans, Uttar Pradesh Rs 36,000 crore, Punjab Rs 10,000 crore and Karnataka Rs 8,000 crore. Most recently, the newly elected governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh also staRTEd the process in December 2018. Please click here to read more.

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India's Cow Crisis Part 1: Nepal bears the brunt of India's cow vigilantism -Jitendra

collected Rs 37,000 from households, hired 22 tractors and loaded 255 stray cattle into them. In a caravan, they headed to the border. “More than 40 motorcycles carrying over 100 residents escoRTEd it to the forest areas bordering Nepal,” says Jayshankar Mishra, a villager who organised the whole event. All of them wielded weapons to meet any untoward incidents. As they moved through villages, there were local residents ensuring that the

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Expect more distress in farm sector, warns expert -M Ramesh

ay flood the Indian market with their goods and cause distress to Indian farmers. However, today, many of the commodities that developed countries are keen to export to India are already being impoRTEd by the country out of necessity. He gave the example of almonds and lentils, mainly tur dal. On the other hand, liberalising agriculture will give Indian farm commodities a bigger market, he said. “Unless you provide a market, there is no so

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