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Politics & Political Commentary

AamJanata connect – An experimental bridge between grassroots and media rooms

AamJanata Connect is an experimental email service linking grassroots activists and media with each other to help important issues get attention. Please do add your name and join in to see if we can together make a difference.

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Farmers and disabled people protesting at CST in 2013
Agriculture
Democracy

Banks Like Moneylenders Charge @ 21%-36% From Farmers #JaiKisan

On Short Term Crop Loans – BRIBES & Documentation cost and Interest cost 8% for average 3 months  Translates to 36+ Interest Rate on compounding.   On Short Term Loans – BRIBES & Documentation cost around 12% for average 2 Years, @ 14% is 40-45% Charge in 2 years or 21%+  Rate on compounding.   […]

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Gajendra Singh committed suicide at AAP rally protesting Land Bill
Democracy

A scream into the void of apathy #GajendraSingh #FarmerSuicide

It was inevitable. The building farmer frustration is ready to explode. If not Gajendra Singh, it would be someone else. The writing has been on the wall. There is torment needing to be heard. A scream in the void. In 2010 Ramchandra Raut composed his suicide note on non-judicial stamp paper, addressed it to the Prime […]

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organic farm beds cultivation
General

Error in farmer suicide data in Business Standard piece

Business Standard has written a piece challenging the data on farmer suicides from Uttar Pradesh titled “As farmers commit suicide, Uttar Pradesh hides their deaths”. It is a pretty good piece and necessary. In the interests of accuracy of information, I am pointing out a correction in the statistics attributed to P. Sainath in the […]

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organic farm beds cultivation
Agriculture
General

Coming of Age: the Organic Community of India

The largest organic farming confluence in the world – over 2,500 participants from 22 states of India – gathered at the National Organic Convention in Chandigarh from Feb 28 to March 2, 2015. The flood of registrations had to be stopped a month in advance. Such zeal surely signals the growing recognition of agro-ecology as […]

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