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Why the BJP may choose to bury the controversial farm laws now -Sanjay Kumar A section of the BJP’s own supporters, and its vocal middle class base appears opposed to the controversial farm laws In 2015, the first Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central government unveiled an ambitious reform to overhaul India’s Land Acquisition laws that would have enabled corporations easier access to land across the country. But faced with intense protests from Opposition parties, the changes were rolled back. In 2020, the second Modi-led...

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‘The Population Myth’ review: Not a ‘demographic’ battle -A Faizur Rahman

-The Hindu With logic, and data from unimpeachable sources, former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi’s book debunks the myth around exaggerated fears of Indian Muslim numbers An impartial analysis of Islamophobia in India would reveal that what generated it was not Islam but a sense of political insecurity born out of exaggerated fears of Muslim numbers. These anxieties came to the fore in the early 1900s after the partition of Bengal, the...

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Good governance and naxalism -Nayakara Veeresha Resolve issues of land rights, economic justice and political equality proactively to address this socio-political conflict April 3, 2021: 22 security personnel killed by Communist Party of India (Maoist) cadres in the Tarrem area of Bijapur-Sukma border of Chhattisgarh. March 21, 2020: 17 security personnel, including 12 from the District Reserve Group, killed in a Maoist ambush in the Minpa area of the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) is the official...

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In potato belt, farmers struggle as prices plummet due to supply glut -Atri Mitra

-The Indian Express Potato is cultivated on almost four lakh acres of land in West Bengal between December and March, with about 10 lakh farmers growing the crop. Hooghly: With West Bengal in the midst of a polarising election season, farmers in the state’s potato belt of Hooghly and parts of Purba Bardhaman say their cries for help are getting drowned out in the din of a high-decibel poll campaign. Potato is cultivated...

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West Bengal Assembly Elections: From land movement to industry, Singur’s resistance has come full circle -Shiv Sahay Singh and Sudipta Datta

-The Hindu Amid Trinmool-BJP clash in the Hooghly belt, Left revives former CM’s slogan, pushing for development. Singur: A pile of drain pipes surrounded by farmlands reaping a good potato harvest is all that remains on the 997-acre plot in Singur where the Tata Motors’ Nano factory once stood. It is almost impossible to locate the site of the factory whose structure was demolished by controlled explosions after the Supreme Court verdict in...

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