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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.
The protesters demanded rise in minimum support price | ThePrint.in

Amid Parliament buzz, farmers’ ‘no-confidence protest’ goes unnoticed

The rally began from Mandi House and went on to Parliament Street, where Sitaram Yechury, Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar spoke.

Nothing can be achieved without approval of the ‘syndicate’ in Bengal: PM Modi

Modi says democracy is throttled in Bengal, exhorts Trinamool Congress govt to work for farmers. Midnapore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government is working to double the income of farmers by 2022. Modi, who addressed a public rally here, attacked the Mamata Banerjee government for throttling democracy and encouraging syndicates in West Bengal. "My government is your government, it is a government of farmers. Our government worked for farmers... from quality seeds to market, it is important to have warehouse to save the produce," he said. Mounting an attack on the state government, Modi said nothing can be achieved without approval of the "syndicate" in West Bengal. "Democracy is throttled in the state," he said. Exhorting the TMC government to work for farmers, he said, "I hope the West Bengal government will take required steps to create infrastructure for farmers. We want our farmers to use latest technology."-PTI
Narendra Modi in Karnataka

PM Modi to travel across India to market his big MSP sop for farmers

Modi's rallies are significant given Lok Sabha polls are due next year and the BJP hopes to fight it on a pro-rural, pro-farmer plank.
A farmer ploughing his field | Flickr

Modi government has a new slogan ahead of 2019: Farmer’s India

Battling anti-farmer tag, govt gets ready to highlight achievements in agriculture sector on its fourth anniversary.
Agriculture

The more the farmers distrust the government, the more they will resist reform

In a low trust and low capacity state, voters can resist reform, because they believe the government is either unwilling or incapable of implementing it successfully and equitably.
Blistered feet

The Maharashtra farmers’ march reminded us of what Tagore & Premchand tried teaching us

Our encounter with farmers has a quality of suddenness, as if it was not meant to be.

On Camera

People standing in queue to buy groceries during coronavirus lockdown in Delhi's Bhajanpura | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India kept improvising during coronavirus. Age of Pandemics needs a new public health law

An up-to-date legal framework will ensure there is no misuse of police power and human rights are protected. India can't tackle next pandemic with a 19th-century law.
Representational image of Union finance ministry | ANI

This is what Modi govt wants 3 loss-making insurance firms to do to turn profitable

The Modi govt has attached conditions for its capital infusion into OlCL, NICL and UIICL, focussing on profitability and improving customer service.

Defence

Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’

The new capability will allow IAF to conduct full-spectrum operations at the LAC on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to it.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.