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COVER STORY

26-07-2013

Agriculture

Corporatisation of agriculture

Briefing

Interview: Prof. Sukhpal Singh

‘It excludes farmers’

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
Interview with Professor Sukhpal Singh, Centre for Management of Agriculture, IIM Ahmedabad.
Corporate control

Exploitative models

A. PRASAD RAO Cover Story
The three models tried in Andhra Pradesh to bring small farms into the corporate fold, ignoring the success of the cooperative model, have had bitter results.
Cover Story

Calling in the corporates

The government’s aggressive moves to open up the farm sector to corporate control under the PPP model are fraught with danger. They can lead to the worsening of the agrarian crisis and landgrab by other means.
Food retailing

Towards corporatocracy

SUDHIR PANWAR Cover Story
The inherent danger of corporatisation of the farm sector is price volatility and the alignment of domestic food prices with international food and oil prices.
Cover Story

Calling in the corporates

The government’s aggressive moves to open up the farm sector to corporate control under the PPP model are fraught with danger. They can lead to the worsening of the agrarian crisis and landgrab by other means.
West Bengal

Panchayat polls: Supreme Court steps in

The Nation
THE prolonged and bitter deadlock between the West Bengal government and the State Election Commission (SEC) over the holding of panchayat elections ...
Sino-Indian rivalry

Strategic triangle

Books
On the United States and the strategic rivalry between India and China in the Indo-Pacific region.

An artist’s journey

Art
Sajitha Shankar was born at Kumaranalloor, a village in Kottayam district in Kerala, in 1967. After successfully completing a BFA degree from the ...
Legal Issues

‘Equality is the issue’

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
Interview with Anand Grover, senior advocate.
Unmediated

Envisioning a fully paid digital future

Sashi Kumar
IN the ethical minefield of sting journalism, if you set out to establish that a subject, say a low- or middle-level bureaucrat, is corrupt by piling ...
Legal Issues

Friend of the court

The Nation
The courts are obliged to do justice in individual cases and must deal with the inability of the accused to engage a lawyer when no lawyer is willing to appear for him/her. Thus, the resort by the court to a friend, amicus curiae, forms an important pillar of the justice delivery system in the Indian context.
Food retailing

Towards corporatocracy

SUDHIR PANWAR Cover Story
The inherent danger of corporatisation of the farm sector is price volatility and the alignment of domestic food prices with international food and oil prices.
Tamil Nadu

Tragic end

IT is a heart-wrenching tale of a couple in love that ended with the death of the boy, in the arid land of Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu. Elango ...
Alterbodies exhibition

Body and beyond

Sajitha Shankar’s “Alterbodies” transcends the sensual and the sexual to have near-metaphysical encounters with the self.
Essay

Nehru & VOA

The Nation
The murky episode of the botched Voice of America agreement reveals not only the nature of decision-making in a feudal set-up in a democratic government but the flawed character of the feudal chief.
An unequal system

Locked into business

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
Contracted farming essentially produces an unequal system where the risks are left with farmers while control over production and marketing is acquired by capital.
Travel

Rigs in a rainforest

Environment
THE Yasuni National Park is much in the news these days, mostly for the wrong reasons. Located deep in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, this 9,000 ...
Rani Bagh, Mumbai

Queen of gardens

The book tells the story of a 150-year-old garden in land-starved Mumbai through a smorgasbord of essays and attractive photographs.
Profile

Self-made man

Justice P. Sathasivam, the 40th Chief Justice of India, is seen as an interactive and responsive judge.
Controversy

Pride & prejudice

Literature
A Dalit writer’s book about his caste group in Tamil Nadu evokes as much sharp criticism as the State government’s ban on it.
An unequal system

Locked into business

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
Contracted farming essentially produces an unequal system where the risks are left with farmers while control over production and marketing is acquired by capital.
Punjab

Green turns red

Cover Story
A CASUAL visit to the farms of FieldFresh Foods, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and the U.S.-based Del Monte Pacific, near Ludhiana in ...
Andhra Pradesh

Seeds of wrath

Cover Story
ANDHRA PRADESH can be described as the cradle of corporate and contract farming, with the seeds of the famous Kuppam project, synonymous with former ...
Maharashtra

A mixed bag

Cover Story
WHEN potato farmers in Manchar village in Maharashtra’s Pune district first heard about contract farming in the early 2000s, they thought it just ...
Gujarat

Crisp business

Cover Story
IN northern Gujarat, the potato crop holds a favoured position. Although farmers here have always grown potato along with groundnut and jowar (pulse) ...
Karnataka

Tillers’ tale

Cover Story
A PROGRESS report issued by the then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government before the elections earlier this year in Karnataka listed the ...
From the States

Growing concern

Cover Story
PUNJAB Green turns red By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta in Ludhiana & Jalandhar A CASUAL visit to the farms of FieldFresh Foods, a joint ...
Unregulated contract farming

Recipe for crisis

JAYATI GHOSH Cover Story
Unregulated contract farming, combined with the state actors’ tendency to renege on their responsibilities, can aggravate the agrarian crisis.
Interview: Ramakumar, TISS

Policies aid corporate farming

Cover Story
R. RAMAKUMAR, an Associate Professor at the School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, has been researching agrarian ...
Interview: Tanya Kerssen

‘They don’t farm anymore’

Vijay Prashad Cover Story
Interview with Tanya Kerssen, research coordinator of Food First, Oakland, California.
Uttar Pradesh

Carrot capital

Cover Story
A FARMING experiment that has unfolded over the past decade in Sikandrabad, 70 kilometres from Delhi in the western Uttar Pradesh district of ...
Legal Issues

Friend of the court

The Nation
The courts are obliged to do justice in individual cases and must deal with the inability of the accused to engage a lawyer when no lawyer is willing to appear for him/her. Thus, the resort by the court to a friend, amicus curiae, forms an important pillar of the justice delivery system in the Indian context.
Tamil Nadu

Tragic end

IT is a heart-wrenching tale of a couple in love that ended with the death of the boy, in the arid land of Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu. Elango ...
Essay

Nehru & VOA

The Nation
The murky episode of the botched Voice of America agreement reveals not only the nature of decision-making in a feudal set-up in a democratic government but the flawed character of the feudal chief.
Controversy

Pride & prejudice

Literature
A Dalit writer’s book about his caste group in Tamil Nadu evokes as much sharp criticism as the State government’s ban on it.
ISRO

Night flight for navigation

The Nation
THE lift-off of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C22) from Sriharikota at 11-41 p.m. on July 1 signalled the start of a special mission for ...
Public Health

Marketing nutrition

T. K. Rajalakshmi General Issues
The Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition sees a role for the private sector and complementary food in nutrition-specific interventions, but health experts warn that its recommendations, if adopted, may allow commercial exploitation of malnutrition.

Inviting disaster

The Nation
THE widespread destruction by floods prompted an instantaneous reaction from the Uttarakhand government: it announced six eco-sensitive zones in the ...
Uttarakhand

State of paralysis

Compounding the fury of nature in Uttarakhand was the total inability of the state machinery to comprehend or deal with the disaster. The State, located in a high-seismic-activity zone, has no disaster mitigation plan or infrastructure.
Egypt

Chaos in Cairo

World Affairs
A year after Mohamed Morsy was elected President, protests seeking a premature end to his tenure rock Egypt. It is about rewriting the rules of the revolution rather than a return to autocracy.

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