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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.
Farmers in Karnataka

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.
Farmers sell their produce in the main mandi in Mandsaur | Ruhi Tewari/ThePrint

The BJP could be hurt by the ‘Made-in-Mandsaur’ farmer anger even in 2019

The mood in Mandsaur, the hotbed of farmer agitation in MP, provides a peek into why the BJP has its task cut out for not just these polls but 2019 too. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Could Modi end up in 2004-like defeat? 11 December will tell

Neither Ram nor Rafale, the biggest election issue is rural distress.
Fake news

Image of bulls & man struck by lightning unconnected — one from MP, other from Portugal

The combo image was shared more than 35,000 times on Facebook, Twitter criticising Modi govt’s ‘anti-farmer’ policies.

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Can Indian politics recover from the toxicity of the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign?

From PM Narendra Modi saying former PM Rajiv Gandhi died as "corrupt number 1", to Mayawati dragging Modi’s wife into her speech, 2019 has seen it all.

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After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?