Can India actually afford MSP for farmers? It’s a question of political will

Can India actually afford MSP for farmers? It’s a question of political will

Can the farmers of India be offered a guaranteed remunerative price for their produce? The Narendra Modi government, some economists, and the country’s media would have you believe that this is impossible — both logistically and financially. They are wrong. They either do not understand what the farmers demand. Or they have not calculated the costs. Or they mislead, deliberately. […]

Modi govt is answerable to farmers, not the judiciary. SC’s mediation beyond its remit

Modi govt is answerable to farmers, not the judiciary. SC’s mediation beyond its remit

In rejecting the Supreme Court-appointed expert committee to mediate between farmers and the Narendra Modi government, the farmers’ organisations have not only wisely sidestepped a possible trap, but they have also reaffirmed a basic principle of democratic accountability and responsible governance. Let there be no confusion about it. The expert committee appointed by the SC is not meant to advise the court […]

Modi govt’s proposal shows it wants farmers to look unreasonable, not address their concerns

Modi govt’s proposal shows it wants farmers to look unreasonable, not address their concerns

Now that the Narendra Modi government has agreed to amend the farm laws, why are farmers being so stubborn? Shouldn’t they seek amendments of their choice, rather than ask for complete repeal? Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? That’s what the government’s proposal for amendments was meant to be: sound reasonable without addressing the farmers’ concerns and objections. The name of the game is to push the ball away from the government and make […]