3 min read.Updated: 03 Dec 2020, 09:24 PM ISTHimanshu
Demands for guaranteed prices should be seen in the context of a sharp decline in farm earnings
For more than a week, farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s border, demanding the withdrawal of India’s recently-passed farm bills. Although led by farmers from Punjab and Haryana, the issues raised concern farmers across the country. The government’s seeming reluctance to engage them, even though protests have been going on for three months in several states, has aggravated the situation. Behind this stubborn approach is the flawed understanding that the current protests are localized and limited to the specific issue of a minimum support price (MSP) guarantee.