Issue Brief on “Growing Farmers Protest in India: Yet Another Political Blunder by Modi”


Farmers in the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana have been up in protest against the promulgation of three farm acts passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. The situation exacerbated when frustrated farmers marched towards New Delhi and the incident caught the attention of the world when they clashed with police and set up protest camps.[1]

The enactment of the three agricultural reforms laws in September have increased the woes of already marginalized farmers. Though the government claims that promulgation of the laws will bring more efficiency in the agricultural sector, giving ample opportunities to farmers to boost production via private investment, the farmers view the new laws will deregulate crop prices resulting in reduction of their earnings.[2]

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