Crops

Agriculture
Democracy
National

Parth MN describes the agrarian situation and problematic realities

Award winning journalist Parth MN has kindly provided us with these simple explanations for why the crop insurance schemes are not helping farmers and also talks about the awareness among the farmers about Swaminathan Commission and the efforts of farmers to take the protests to urban India for visibility.

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#IndiaUnites for Farmers and the Agrarian Economy

The acute agrarian distress in India cannot be emphasised enough. Since 1996, 3.2 lakh farmers have committed suicide – over 80% of these due to the unbearable burden of debt and bank loans. Despite the recommendation of the Swaminathan Commission of a minimum support price (MSP) calculated as 1.5 times C2 (where C2 is the […]

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Victory rally as Rajasthan government accepts farmer demands
Democracy
Economic inequality

Massive victory for farmers of Rajasthan gets ignored by National Media #Sikar

On the 1st of September 2017, farmers of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisab Sabha called for an indefinite mahapadav or gherao of the various District Collectorates in Rajasthan. Like the farmer protests in Maharashtra, these too were sustained bouts of anger over neglect by the government. The farmers had very basic demands related to the very […]

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Satish Acharya cartoon for Sify.com on the cow urine disinfectant for hospitals
Democracy
Hindutva
Politics & Political Commentary
Radicalization

The Gobar economy. Finding economic value in barren cattle

When you begin with a conclusion and backfit “science” to prove it, absurd things happen.The Holy Cow seems to be one such absurdity plaguing India these days. Trumpeting the importance of the cow, the Hindutva right governments are all out to “protect” said cows by preventing all cattle slaughter. While cow slaughter is already banned in […]

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gangabai
Democracy
National

Two Suicides, and the end of a promise

Recently in Wardha and Yavatmal (Vidarbha, Maharashtra) Moreshwar Chaudhary was 32; Suraj Bhoyar, 29. On a wintry December 8, last, the two cotton growers consumed Monocrotophous, a commonly used pesticide, distraught by failed crops, falling income and mounting loans. Moreshwar was uneducated and married; he left a year-old a son and wife in the middle […]

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