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COVER STORY

23-10-2020

Farms Acts October 23

The impact of the the three farm Acts of 2020.

Briefing

Farmer Protests

West Bengal: Spontaneous protest

Opposition parties accuse Mamata Banerjee of tepid response.
Farmer Protests

Madhya Pradesh: MSP myth

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
With farmers in Madhya Pradesh rarely being able to sell soybean and other produce at MSP, they are not hopeful of getting remunerative prices now with the passing of the new legislation, notwithstanding the assurances of the Central and State governments.
Farmer Protests

Maharashtra: Political hot potato

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
The ruling coalition is up in arms against the Central farm laws, but the Shiv Sena will find it difficult to defend its support for the ordinance issued earlier.
The Farm Acts

Kerala: Cooperatives against corporates

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
Kerala may not be impacted by the new farm laws as much as certain other States, but it will have to face several challenges once those laws are implemented. So the State has devised a decentralised model of alternative initiatives.
Labour Codes

The new labour codes: Labour’s loss

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The labour Codes enacted by Parliament have little to do with labour welfare; they are apparently meant to improve ‘ease of doing business’ and to make it easy for employers to hire and fire workers.
Farmer Protests

West Bengal: Spontaneous protest

Opposition parties accuse Mamata Banerjee of tepid response.
Farmer Protests

Madhya Pradesh: MSP myth

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
With farmers in Madhya Pradesh rarely being able to sell soybean and other produce at MSP, they are not hopeful of getting remunerative prices now with the passing of the new legislation, notwithstanding the assurances of the Central and State governments.
Farmer Protests

Maharashtra: Political hot potato

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
The ruling coalition is up in arms against the Central farm laws, but the Shiv Sena will find it difficult to defend its support for the ordinance issued earlier.
Communalism

RSS' next target, Mathura

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
The Sangh Parivar carries on with its project of using religion to further political mobilisation. This time its target is what it calls Krishna Janmabhoomi at Mathura.

Mahabodhi Mahavihar in Bodh Gaya: Temple of enlightenment

The Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under a pipal tree, has a multi-layered history and also figured prominently in the formulation of independent India’s foreign policy.
The Farm Acts

Kerala: Cooperatives against corporates

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
Kerala may not be impacted by the new farm laws as much as certain other States, but it will have to face several challenges once those laws are implemented. So the State has devised a decentralised model of alternative initiatives.
Farmer Protests

Uttar Pradesh: Brewing storm

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The farmers’ protest in Uttar Pradesh, the biggest political demonstration since the anti-CAA protests, may lead to a downswing in the BJP’s political fortunes.
COVID-19 vaccine research

COVID-19: Race for immunity

R. Ramachandran The Nation
The three vaccine frontrunners in India are yet to enter the most critical Phase 3 trials, but the government has given a premature assurance that a vaccine will be available by early 2021, which will only give rise to a sense of misplaced hope and false security among the public.
Punjab

Rice bowl on the boil

Gaurav Bansal Cover Story
Punjab witnesses massive mobilisation against the new farm Acts, which threaten to radically undermine the longstanding compact with the peasantry that enabled the success of the Green Revolution.
Interview: G.V.L. Narasimha Rao

G.V.L. Narasimha Rao: 'The farm Acts are a veritable gift to farmers'

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, Member of Parliament from the BJP.
Farmer Protests

Karnataka: Hand in hand

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Cover Story
Organisations of farmers, Dalits and workers come together in protest against the anti-farmer policies of the Central and State governments.
Contract farming

Farm Acts: Farmers’ freedom at stake

Sukhpal Singh Cover Story
The new law on contract farming neither protects nor provides support to farmers, especially small farmers, to engage as free participants in production contracts.
Interview: Pawan Khera

Pawan Khera: 'There will be no level playing field between APMCs and corporates'

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Pawan Khera, Congress spokesperson.
Farmer Protests

Haryana: Against the grain

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Farmers fear the new farm laws would divest them of the basic protection they had from the vagaries of prices and the challenges of marketing.
Interview: Ashwani Mahajan

Ashwani Mahajan: 'Changes required, but with safeguards'

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Ashwani Mahajan, national convener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch.
Farmer Protests

Uttar Pradesh: Brewing storm

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The farmers’ protest in Uttar Pradesh, the biggest political demonstration since the anti-CAA protests, may lead to a downswing in the BJP’s political fortunes.
Punjab

Rice bowl on the boil

Gaurav Bansal Cover Story
Punjab witnesses massive mobilisation against the new farm Acts, which threaten to radically undermine the longstanding compact with the peasantry that enabled the success of the Green Revolution.
Interview: G.V.L. Narasimha Rao

G.V.L. Narasimha Rao: 'The farm Acts are a veritable gift to farmers'

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, Member of Parliament from the BJP.
Farmer Protests

Karnataka: Hand in hand

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Cover Story
Organisations of farmers, Dalits and workers come together in protest against the anti-farmer policies of the Central and State governments.
Interview: Pawan Khera

Pawan Khera: 'There will be no level playing field between APMCs and corporates'

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Pawan Khera, Congress spokesperson.
Farmer Protests

Haryana: Against the grain

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Farmers fear the new farm laws would divest them of the basic protection they had from the vagaries of prices and the challenges of marketing.
Contract farming

Farm Acts: Farmers’ freedom at stake

Sukhpal Singh Cover Story
The new law on contract farming neither protects nor provides support to farmers, especially small farmers, to engage as free participants in production contracts.
Interview: Ashwani Mahajan

Ashwani Mahajan: 'Changes required, but with safeguards'

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Ashwani Mahajan, national convener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch.
Impact on small farmers

Small peasant in peril

Sudha Narayanan Cover Story
The new laws may have far-reaching adverse consequences for small growers, especially because they are tilted in favour of large growers and private and foreign enterprises involved in the business of agriculture.
Farmer protests

Punjab: Rising tide of anger

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Farmers in Punjab, the food bowl of the nation, vehemently oppose the agriculture Bills as they feel the Bills will soon make the small and marginal farmer landless.
Interview: Ashok Dhawale

Ashok Dhawale: 'Freedom to be exploited"

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, national president, All India Kisan Sabha.
Agricultural Policy

Who will pay the price?

The three newly enacted pieces of farm legislation threaten to annul a key provision of agricultural price policy in India, the minimum support price. They reflect the government’s lack of empathy for small and marginal farmers, who are among the most economically vulnerable sections of rural India.

Agricultural reform or battering ram?

V. Sridhar Cover Story
The passage of the three controversial pieces of legislation facilitating agricultural marketing threatens to pave the way for consolidation of wealth in rural India.
Interview: J. Jeyaranjan

J. Jeyaranjan: 'The new farm laws are the greatest threats to the PDS in Tamil Nadu'

Interview with J. Jeyaranjan, social scientist.
Interview: Naresh Gujral

Naresh Gujral: 'The farmer is not a fool'

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with Naresh Gujral, Akali Dal leader.

Farmers up in arms

The widespread resentment and agitation of farmers against the agricultural marketing Bills, which were passed in the Rajya Sabha in brazen violation of parliamentary rules, and the opposition’s concerted moves on this issue may prove to be the toughest political challenge that the Modi government has faced in its six years in office.
COVID-19 Update

Gujarat: Gradual return to normalcy

Anupama Katakam The Nation
The State government’s decision to adopt the testing and treatment method seems to have paid off, as reflected in its increased case recovery rate. With the reopening of shops and industries and the return of migrant workers, the State appears set to return to pre-lockdown normalcy.
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 scaling new peaks in India

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
As India continues to be second in the global ranking of total COVID-19 cases, and the number of deaths continues to increase, questions remain about the reliability of the number of cases being captured by tests in India.
Tribute

Kapila Vatsyayan: Polymath of the arts

Suhas Borker Obituary
Kapila Vatsyayan (1928-2020) was a scholar-practitioner of the arts, a cultural thinker and an institution builder.
Tribute

Kapila Vatsyayan: Polymath of the arts

Suhas Borker Obituary
Kapila Vatsyayan (1928-2020) was a scholar-practitioner of the arts, a cultural thinker and an institution builder.

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