Agricultural law reform triggers protests in India farmers issue ultimatum to Indian government

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 Agricultural law reform triggers protests in India farmers issue ultimatum to Indian government


Since late November, a large number of farmers from all over India have flocked to the capital New Delhi by tractors and cars. More than 200000 Indian farmers and their supporters occupy the streets of New Delhi, according to Walkers website. They also blocked the main highway leading to the capital and vowed to stay there until the controversial bill was repealed. They were met by riot police and high-pressure water cannons. On the one hand, Prime Minister modi assured farmers that the new bill would benefit them, while on the other hand, he accused Indias opposition party of inciting farmers by spreading rumors. The protests are a major test of modis ability to reform Indias huge agricultural sector, Reuters said on the 3rd. According to Agence France Presse reported on the 4th, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau had expressed concern about the farmers protest in India, causing dissatisfaction of modi government. Indias Foreign Ministry summoned the Canadian Ambassador on the 4th, warning that the Canadian Prime Ministers statement may cause serious damage to bilateral relations. Agriculture plays an important role in Indian economy. Farmers have long been seen as Indias heart and soul, with more than half of Indias 1.3 billion people living on agriculture, according to the associated press. The plight of Indian farmers is worrisome, according to walkers. A 2018 study by the National Bank for agriculture and rural development found that more than half of Indias farmers are in debt. In India, where more than 20000 farmers committed suicide between 2018 and 2019, debt is a major factor. Source: Global Times Author: Xiao Yun, editor in charge: Wang Xiaowu_ NF

Since late November, a large number of farmers from all over India have flocked to the capital New Delhi by tractors and cars. More than 200000 Indian farmers and their supporters occupy the streets of New Delhi, according to Walkers website. They also blocked the main highway leading to the capital and vowed to stay there until the controversial bill was repealed. They were met by riot police and high-pressure water cannons. On the one hand, Prime Minister modi assured farmers that the new bill would benefit them, while on the other hand, he accused Indias opposition party of inciting farmers by spreading rumors. The protests are a major test of modis ability to reform Indias huge agricultural sector, Reuters said on the 3rd. According to Agence France Presse reported on the 4th, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau had expressed concern about the farmers protest in India, causing dissatisfaction of modi government. Indias Foreign Ministry summoned the Canadian Ambassador on the 4th, warning that the Canadian Prime Ministers statement may cause serious damage to bilateral relations. Agriculture plays an important role in Indian economy. Farmers have long been seen as Indias heart and soul, with more than half of Indias 1.3 billion people living on agriculture, according to the associated press. The plight of Indian farmers is worrisome, according to walkers. A 2018 study by the National Bank for agriculture and rural development found that more than half of Indias farmers are in debt. In India, where more than 20000 farmers committed suicide between 2018 and 2019, debt is a major factor.