Why the farmers’ movement is no longer what the Modi govt thinks it is

Why the farmers’ movement is no longer what the Modi govt thinks it is

Ever heard of “moral economy of the peasant”? You must understand this awkward phrase if you wish to make sense of the farmers’ rebellion that has arrived at the doorsteps of the national capital. Policymakers must understand this to see why their argument has no purchase with the farmers. PM Narendra Modi must understand this to realise why his approach to handling […]

Manmohan Singh blundered with Anna movement. Modi is making the same mistake with farmers

Manmohan Singh blundered with Anna movement. Modi is making the same mistake with farmers

There is a well-known rustic north Indian story of ‘99 pyaj aur 100 joote’. Ninety-nine onions or a hundred shoes. A man was asked to choose between two forms of punishment for his misdeed: Sau pyaj khao ya sau joote khao (Either eat a hundred onions or get a hundred shoe lashes). He chose to eat onions but could not go beyond 99, and thus ended up with a hundred shoe strikes as well. This is […]