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Farmers protesting at Singhu border | Photo: Manisha Mondal ThePrint

Reforms will improve agriculture sector, govt should give incentives to convince farmers

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.

Research shows intermediaries’ role is misunderstood. Local market realities more at play

Researchers associated with Pennsylvania University’s India study centre looked at agricultural markets of Bihar, Odisha and Punjab. They found that intermediaries are a rational response to the dominant structure of Indian farming.
Representational image | A file photo of farmers blocking Amritsar-Delhi National Highway during their four hours statewide Chakka Jam near Jalandhar on 5 November. | Photo: ANI

Indian agriculture — 6 tough realities, 5 dangerous myths and some solutions

In episode 640 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta notes that state intervention in farming is inevitable, and the sector’s impact on politics is four times its GDP size.
Farmers protesting at Singhu border | Photo: Manisha Mondal ThePrint

Don’t get caught up in MSP battle. India must move to end inequality in WTO laws

With measures like MSP, India has been carefully treading the thin line between food and livelihood security and practices classified as 'trade distorting' under the WTO law.
A farmer in Sirsa, Haryana | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Farmers adopt advanced tech, raise productivity when they have mobile phones: Study

Researchers looked at data from two programmes launched by the Indian government in mid-2000s to find a positive impact from increased access to information.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Bihar isn’t ‘ruined’ by agri reform. This ‘branded underwear theory’ from 2010 shows why

During farmers’ protests, many have pitied or sniggered at Bihar for the state of its agriculture. But the facts are quite different, and have been since 2005.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

How Modi govt can avoid another farmers’ protest-like crisis — consult better before reforming

When changes are introduced through consultation & engagement, people can get used to new ideas without friction. Bad ones can be dumped; good ones made better.
Farmers protest at the Haryana-Delhi border at Singhu | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Indian farmers want parity, not charity. Modi govt would do well to not teach them agriculture

The Indian farm laws are as convoluted and ill-advised as the notebandi.
A farmer working in a field | Representational image | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

How Bihar recorded growth but Punjab lagged behind and why farm reforms are important

In episode 634 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta compares Bihar's growth after agricultural reforms in 2006 to Punjab's growth rate that has been declining.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar holds talks with farmers' unions on 3 December | PTI

4 lessons that Modi govt and Twitter warriors should take from the farmers’ protest

Farmers of Punjab, Haryana and UP know that the wheat-rice cycle cannot continue forever. Anxiety over MSP is its result.

On Camera

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If memories don’t get enough ‘likes’, it can change how we feel about them

Social media metrics such as Facebook ‘likes’ can negatively impact how people feel about certain memories.
Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog | Twitter/@RajivKumar1

Govt will respond with fiscal steps if required in view of Covid, says Niti Aayog VC

Acknowledging that Covid situation has become far more difficult, Niti Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar remained hopeful that India's economy will grow 11 per cent in the current fiscal.

Defence

CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Backed by disruptive tech, China tried push & shove tactics but India stood firm: CDS Rawat

At the Raisina Dialogue, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat says some countries seek to reshape rules that govern global order via geopolitics coupled with geo-economics.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.