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Indian government invites protesting farmers for talks

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government invited leaders of farmers for talks as thousands of them pressed on with a protest in and around the capital on Saturday against agricultural legislation they...

11/28/2020 8:28:00 AM

India ’s government has invited leaders of farmers for talks amid fierce protests by thousands of them against agricultural legislation they say could be exploited by private companies to buy their crops at cheap prices.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India 's government invited leaders of farmers for talks as thousands of them pressed on with a protest in and around the capital on Saturday against agricultural legislation they...

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government invited leaders of farmers for talks as thousands of them pressed on with a protest in and around the capital on Saturday against agricultural legislation they said could be exploited by the private sector to buy their crops at cheap prices.

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After a day of clashes with police who used tear gas, water cannons and baton charges to push them back, the farmers were allowed to enter New Delhi late Friday.Television images showed some of them moving to the capital while thousands still remained at the outskirts of the city.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar invited them for talks.ADVERTISEMENT“We have called all the farmers’ organizations on December 3 and we have talked before and are still ready for talks,” Tomar said.There was no immediate response from the farmers’ leaders. The protesters said they would not return to their homes until their demands were met. headtopics.com

For the last two months, farmer unions have rejected the laws, which were passed in September, and have camped out on highways in Punjab and Haryana states. They say the measure could cause the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices and result in their exploitation by corporations that would buy their crops cheaply.

The government says the laws are needed to reform agriculture by giving farmers the freedom to market their produce and boosting production through private investment.“We are fighting for our rights. We won’t rest until we reach the capital and force the government to abolish these black laws,” said Majhinder Singh Dhaliwal, a farmer leader.

Opposition parties and some Modi allies have called the laws anti-farmer and pro-corporation.Farmers have long been seen as the heart and soul of India, where agriculture supports more than half of the country’s 1.3 billion people. But farmers have also seen their economic clout diminish over the last three decades. Once accounting for a third of India’s gross domestic product, they now produce only 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy.

Farmers often complain of being ignored and hold frequent protests to demand better crop prices, more loan waivers and irrigation systems to guarantee water during dry spells. Read more: The Associated Press »

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Real talk: currently the only ones making 💰 are the middlemen that farmers are forced to sell. Modi is legislating farmers can sell to whomever they want. Middlemen have mobilised uneducated farmers (from Panjab, which is a Congress party stronghold, ie the Opposition) bc they India will face famine if it gives up support prices.

All congress propaganda if msp remove than farmer protest even public going to give them support but msp still in system and parallel system of bulk private buying made that give farmer a choice look like Punjab is become brain drained all talent swifted to 🇨🇦 Feel like other side listener is nobody but Modi? Can our future generations see that kind of democracy? It's our duty to speak! Are we courageous enough to protect our democratic and fundamental Rights provided by constitution. Jai Hind.

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