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Farmers dance as they celebrate after PM Narendra Modi announced the repealing of the three farm reform laws, at Tikri Border in New Delhi, on 19 November 2021 | PTI

Gandhi is back. Farm laws repeal shows even the most hostile enemy can be transformed

It might be irresistible for some to enjoy the manner in which the mighty PM Modi has been ‘humbled’. But that would certainly be the antithesis of Gandhi.
PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation, through video conferencing, on 19 November 2021 | ANI

Farm laws episode lays bare India’s internal disunity. It’s time to fix it

India cannot meet the looming challenges to its growth and national security without first making maximum efforts to strengthen internal unity.
Farmers at a paddy field | Representational image| Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Most Indian farmers faced erosion of their real incomes since 2012-13 but survey can’t tell

In most Indian states, the compound annual growth rate of farm income has slowed down between the two surveys in 2012-13 and 2018-19.

Meghalaya farmer is now richer than Punjab’s

An average Indian farmer household now earns most of the income working as labourer and from other non-farm activities.
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Govt efforts to help farmers diversify must go beyond MSP. Cash and education are key

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A Punjab farmer in a wheat field | Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Indian farmers defied Covid to sell record high rice and wheat. Time to expand PDS cover

Despite Covid risk, farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan not only harvested their crops but also sold them in mandis. Bihar and UP must learn the lesson.

There’s a new Shudra-Dalit unity in north Indian villages thanks to the farm protests

The unity programme initiated by farm leaders can take the shape of a cultural revolution in rural north India.
Farmers blocking Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway near Singhu border as part of their country wide 'chakka jam' on 6 February 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Everyone agrees farm reforms are needed. Here’s how Modi govt can break political deadlock

Disparaging the ongoing debate and fuelling divisions within the farming community will only undercut the roots of much-needed reforms in agriculture.
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Pakistanis should worry why their farmers are not protesting like those in India

Unlike their Indian counterparts, the Pakistani small farmers have remained too poor, too under-educated and too powerless to organise themselves into a group.
Farmers protesting at Singhu border prepare for the 26 January tractor rally, on Monday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Long before farmers’ tractor parade, Babri Masjid movement also waded into Republic Day row

The non-observance and/or boycott call of Republic Day by a coalition of Muslim organisations in 1987 can't be compared with the farmers’ tractor parade of 2021. But there is a link.
A file photo of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai | Photo: Commons

Peng Shuai saga shows Communist Party doesn’t want US-style #MeToo movement in China

Peng, a former Wimbledon champion, has disappeared since she penned a social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.