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J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha says agricultural land is reserved for farmers and no one will interfere with it | File photo: ANI

Anyone in India can now buy land in Jammu and Kashmir, but conditions apply

J&K political parties have called the central government’s notification unacceptable, saying it will hit 'poorer small land-holding' farmers in the union territory.

MSP, govt procurement of crops important part of India’s food security, says PM Modi

PM Modi was speaking at the release of a commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination on the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization.
File image of a 30 September protest in Punjab against the Modi government's farm laws | ANI

Modi govt’s farm bill talks with Punjab farmers fail as delegation walks out of meeting

Farmer leaders from Punjab, who met Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal for an hour Wednesday, were incensed about the absence of any Union minister at the talks.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Agriculture isn’t just for making money, it is dharma for us, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says

Addressing RSS workers in Kota, Bhagwat says time is now in their favour, which they should use to fulfill big agendas, besides expanding the organisation.
A farmer carrying wheat crop during the lockdown in Uttar Pradesh (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Modi govt on right path on agriculture and labour reforms but at wrong speed

Modi govt unwisely ignoring the central difficulty of reform — while you can’t wait for all states to agree before you make changes, you can’t impose them with zero agreement, either.
File photo | Farmers' organisations block a railway track during a protest over farm bills Punjab | PTI

What economists like Ashok Gulati still don’t understand about agriculture in India

Indian farmers have read the writing on the wall. India’s economists have not.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Farm reform bills are a beginning, not the agricultural equivalent of 1991

Govt says farmer should be free to sell to who he chooses, where he chooses, when he chooses. But fact is outcomes vary across crops & geographies, over time.
File photo | Karnataka State Farmers Association members take part in a protest rally | PTI

When Modi govt came to power, farmer protests increased 700% — the 3 bills are its result

Prior to 2014, Indian farmers mostly organised small protests at the state or local level. Modi govt’s inactions on its promises made farmers go national.
SC closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

How Congress is justifying its stance against farm bills after backing reforms last year

In its 2019 election manifesto, Congress had promised repealing APMC Act, and Essential Commodities Act. Now, it is at the forefront of opposing similar reforms.
A Bhartiya Kisan Union member protests against three ordinances passed by the Centre, in Sri Muktsar Sahib | PTI

The disappearance of ‘samanvaye’ from Indian politics 

Farmers today are facing what students, Muslims and Kashmiris have just faced: unilateral policymaking that does not believe in creating consensus. 

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Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

ICICI Bank’s profits jump six-fold for July-September quarter

The bank's net interest income increased by 16 per cent year-on-year to Rs. 9,366 crore in this year's second quarter from Rs 8,057 crore in last year's second quarter.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.