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Percentage of suicides by daily-wage laborers have nearly doubled between 2014 and 2018

According to the latest NCRB data, the daily wage earners and those with an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh accounted for the highest number of suicide victims.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt must treat farmers as businessmen & introduce ease of doing agri-business index

If Narendra Modi wants to double farmers’ incomes, then the Centre has to create a system that can rank states according to agricultural performance.
PM Narendra Modi attends the first day of the Monsoon session of Lok Sabha, at the Parliament in New Delhi | PTI

Zero-budget farming: Why Budget 2019 isn’t in sync with PM Modi’s promises to farmers

Modi wants to double farm incomes, but Budget 2019 barely mentioned the sector, leave alone announcing big-ticket reforms.
Representational image | A worker sorts fried crinkle-cut potato chips at a factory in UP | Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

To help Indian farmers, we have to support PepsiCo in its fight for the potato

The PPVFR Act, under which PepsiCo registered its potato variant, might be imperfect but we should still condemn its violation.
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How Modi govt managed to transfer funds to 2 crore farmers just 3 weeks after big promise

Modi govt is looking to deliver first instalment to all 12 crore beneficiaries by 31 March but faces a host of challenges, including non-cooperative opposition states.
File photo of Arun Jaitley | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Arun Jaitley hints at a Rs 500 raise in monthly cash support to farmers

The Union Minister also said that state governments too have a responsibility to address farm distress by bringing their own income support schemes.
PM Narendra Modi at the Budget Session of the Lok Sabha at Central Hall of Parliament | PTI

Jobs, not josh: Modi government’s interim budget missed the elephant in the room

Acting finance minister Piyush Goyal's 1 hour and 45-minute budget speech had three acts of commission and one glaring omission.  
Farm land on the outskirts of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Land reform a game-changer that Narendra Modi government has overlooked

It must be the core priority for any government that wants to improve the agricultural situation.
A still from Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zamin | YouTube

Do Bigha Zamin, the Bimal Roy classic that Bollywood should look at now more than ever

Bollywood needs to replicate Bimal Roy’s deep commitment to the farmers he portrayed.
A farmer in Sirsa, Haryana | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

India’s farm economy needs liberalisation, not periodic political charity

India has to turn its farm economy from a charity institution to a vibrant, self-sustaining growth sector.

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Amit Shah raises Shaheen Bagh in Delhi election: BJP’s desperation or trump card?

As pre-poll surveys show a clear edge for Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP, BJP is pitching Shaheen Bagh as a campaign issue in the Delhi assembly election.

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Role Adnan Sami’s father played for Pakistan in 1965 that has landed his Padma Shri in row

Adnan Sami's father, Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan, was part of the raid by Pakistan Air Force that destroyed Patahnkot air base during 1965 war.

The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.