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The political economy driving farm protests -Neelanjan Sircar

-Hindustan Times The concentration of political and economic power has made democratic contestation challenging. Citizens are finding other methods Fearing that India’s controversial proposed farm laws will disproportionately benefit a few corporate magnates, farmers have made Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance storefronts and Reliance Jio infrastructure the sites of major protest over the past few months. While Ambani has insisted that his company has no plans to enter corporate farming, his purported political networks...

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Nutritional security could have made the fight against COVID-19 easier -Sheeba Krishnakumar

-Down to Earth This weak link between growth in income and nutritional outcomes requires the attention of policy makers The Covid pandemic reminds us that we may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Low-income countries like India faced a multi-pronged crisis during the pandemic — containing the infections while being home to 195.9 million of the 821 million undernourished people in the world. Prevalence of undernourishment in India...

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Reform for farmers needs to look at more than mere efficiency of agriculture markets -Nikhit Kumar Agrawal and Richa Kumar

-The Indian Express Considering the critical importance of agriculture for livelihoods, health, food security, and also keeping in mind the vulnerability of Indian farmers, it is necessary to go beyond reductionist expediency in considering Agricultural Reforms. In his speech on December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the three controversial farm laws will finally deliver justice to the vast majority of small farmers who have been ignored by successive governments. As...

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Centre, farm unions talks on farm laws end in stalemate -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu After the seventh round of talks, farmer leaders said the government said it needs to consult internally and thereafter it would come back to the unions. The seventh round of talks between Union Ministers and protesting farm unions on Monday failed to resolve the deadlock over three new Agricultural Reform laws. Both sides stuck to their own positions and accused the other of stubbornness, with the Centre seeking to discuss...

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Agriculture expert Devinder Sharma interviewed by Anju Agnihotri Chaba (The Indian Express)

-The Indian Express Agriculture expert Devinder Sharma tells The Indian Express how the current protests are being watched across the globe and how India can rebuild its agri economy by using assure price. Jalandhar: A day ahead of another round of talks between farmers and the Union government, agriculture expert Devinder Sharma tells The Indian Express how the current protests are being watched across the globe and how India can rebuild its...

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