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Ideologically speaking, till now West has looked upon India as a country with an imposed Western democracy, a democracy that requires oversight by the West, to make sure India lives up to the liberal democratic ideals as perceived by the West.
West doesn't see India with an own democratic culture as West sees democracy itself as a Western (Greek) invention.

In this regard, it was important that on Feb 8th, 2021, Modi gave this clarification in Indian Parliament.

Check: @ 2:25

PM Modi said, "Our democracy is not a western institution. It's a human institution. India's history is filled with examples of democratic institutions. We find mention of 81 democracies in ancient India."…
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Two weeks apart in two democracies.

Two monuments to democracy breached.

Two capital city’s police attacked.

This is what fake news, conspiracy theories and religious radicalization wrought.

This is hard for Indian Americans. The parallels are uncanny and unignorable.1/
Both protests were religionized. Both were framed as religious revolutions against manufactured injustice.

One incited by a rejection of an election. The other incited by rejection of #FarmLaws2020 that were passed by a democratic parliament & that economists say are needed.2/
I want to believe these protests are not religiously motivated-that they are folks misled by #fakenews and demagoguery.

But why are some diasporic advocates continuing to suffuse the protests with religious imagery or Khalistan, when most Sikhs globally reject separatism? 3/
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A gem of an column today in #ET by Praveen Singh Pardeshi.

Some interesting numbers in below tweets on how the new #FarmLaws2020 should help the poor farmers of India big time.

1) 80% of India's farms are < 2 hectares. They can become richer by forming Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs).

In Maharashtra 10,000 grape, vegetable & tomato farmers work with Sahyadri Agro Farms, which directly markets their produce to Tesco in Europe. Setup cold storage too.
2) 6900 mandis of India havs monopoly to buy goods from 14,50,00,000 farmer families, and sell to 130,00,00,000 consumers!

In Karnataka, a unified agri market has already led to 5.1% increase in agri goods price, with profit margins of small farmers increasing by 39 to 159%!
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नवे शेती कायदे: झूठ, सच आणि कुभांड!

सोबत जोडलंय ते भाजपच्या अधिकृत हँडल्सवरून पसरवलं जाणारं पत्रक आहे.

त्यात "सच" म्हणून जे दिलंय त्यातील एकेका मुद्द्याचा थोडक्यात आढावा घेऊ!

१. "MSP सिस्टम जारी रहेगा"- किमान आधारभूत मूल्य या संकल्पनेचा अर्थच हा आहे की कुठल्याही खरेदीविक्रीत Image
ती फ्लोअर प्राईस मेंटेन व्हावी. सरकार APMC बरोबर खासगी खरेदीदारांना जेव्हा परवानगी देत आहे तेच MSP सिस्टम रहेगा हे म्हणणं हे कपटी धोरण आहे! कारण खासगी खरेदीदारांच्या व्यवहारात किमान आधारभूत मूल्य सक्तीचे असल्याची कायद्यात तरतूद नाही.

२,३- जमिनीचा मुद्दाच गौण आहे. शेतकरी
संघटना स्पष्टपणे सांगताहेत की तुम्ही कायद्यातच खासगी व्यवहारांनाही किमान आधारभूत मूल्याची तरतूद करा. जशी MRP असते त्या धर्तीवर MSP संकल्पना म्हणून कायद्याने सक्तीची करणे अजिबात अशक्य नाही.

४- हे फार्मिंग ऍग्रिमेंट प्रायव्हेट प्लेयर्सनी केले तर त्यात किमान आधारभूत मूल्य असणारच
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With issue of public consultations on law-making once again making headlines due to the recently passed #FarmLaws2020, India's track record on public consultations (core of democracy & constitutional society) is poor and seems to be deteriorating.

Out of total 186 bills introduced in the Parliament b/w 2014-19, 90% bills never came up for public consultations or witnessed incomplete consultations. Draft Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2019 and EIA 2020 are recent examples where the consultation process was bypassed. Image
Moreover, the number of bills being referred to Parliamentary Standing Committees have also dropped down drastically.

68 bills - 15th Lok Sabha
24 bills - 16th Lok Sabha
ZERO - 2020

This is despite India having a formal Pre-Legislative Consultative Policy (PLCP hereafter) 2014
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Modi govt notifies Viability Gap Funding (VGF) scheme to boost India’s infrastructure projects.…
81 lakh MSMEs benefit from Modi govt’s guaranteed loans; over Rs 2 lakh cr already sanctioned.…
I-T refunds worth Rs 1.45 lakh cr issued to 89 lakh taxpayers between 1st April, 2020, to 08th December, 2020…
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MyGov has released an excellent booklet "Putting Farmers First" which not only covers in detail the current #FarmLaws2020 but also lays out in structured summarized format the work done by the Modi government in the last 6 years.
Some snippets. 1/10

On the current #FarmLaws2020, there is much debate as to what may or may not happen.

MSP will not go away; APMC Mandis will not close; Farmers land cannot be taken way

Farmers can sell in Mandis & outside; More income; More jobs. 2/10
So what was the need for #FarmLaws2020 reforms when as per Left groups all was well?

1) Fragmented markets
2) Insufficient markets
3) Inadequate Infra
4) Inadequate credit

While rest of the economy was opening up, farmers were restricted. Result - Huge Income Disparity. 3/10
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One of the common misconceptions about the farmer protests against #FarmBills2020 is that the resistance is confined to Punjab, implying that the rest of the country is for the Bills, and the stir is politically motivated. This is a brief thread to counter that propaganda.
The spotlight may be on Punjab, but many states are witnessing agitations and rallies as this @htTweets report explains -…
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Article from last year. Upper caste Sikhs dominate land ownership in Punjab. Dalit, who are 32% in numbers, own just 3.5% land. Yet the highest land ownership in India is in Punjab. The Punjab closet is full of skeletons. #FarmLaws #FarmBills #Punjab
Excerpts : In Punjab, upper castes, mostly Jat Sikhs, dominate the farming landscape. Only 3.5% of private farm land belongs to Dalits who make up 32% of the population, according to the Agriculture Census of 2015-16.
"Punjab has the maximum proportion (5.28%) of big farmers owning more than 10 hectares of land among all non-mountainous states of India. The national average is 0.57%, according to the Agriculture Census 2015-16"
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In its 2019 manifesto, Congress promised to "repeal the Agricultural Produce Market Committee’s Act & make trade in agri. produce-including export and inter-state trade-free from all restrictions"

#FarmLaws2020 #FarmersProtest2020
Right before 2014 elections, Congress gvot asked Congress-led states to de-notify fruits & vegetables from the APMC Act.

In pursuance, Congress ruled states of Karnataka, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalya & Haryana de-notified Fruits & Vegetables!

#FarmLaws2020 #FarmersProtest
Did you know?

UPA govt also formulated the Model APMC Rules 2007 for implementation of Model APMC Act.

After coming to power in 2004, Congress-led UPA persuaded states to adopt the Model APMC Act 2003 to liberalize state agricultural marketing laws.

#FarmLaws2020 #FarmLaws
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Long Thread on Farmers protests & Agri reforms: What is the protest all about? Who gets impacted & how? Why are protests concentrated in Punjab & Haryana? Are these really farmers or traders losing grip on monopoly? Are farmers being misled? Let numbers do the talking. Here we go
A top-down view of Indian production is in order here. What does India’s agriculture produce in a year? I like the below chart for FY 2015. Now to understand the complexity, we’ll have to work with one crop & dig details. Let’s work with Wheat. Image
In 2020, India is looking at 105 million tons of Wheat produce vs 94 mn tons in 2015. What does the growth look like? See below the YoY growth of wheat in India. A 105 mn tons in 2020 will bust the chart below. Forget nay-sayers,Indian agriculture is doing great production. Image
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1. Today, @PMOIndia spoke on boosting infrastructure for Kashi (his constituency) and in UP. @narendramodi Ji spoke on #FarmLaws2020 related matters.
In the 5yrs before 2014, ₹1.5 lakh Cr were spent for wheat procurement. Post ‘14 in 5yrs ₹3 lakh Cr (double) were spent.
2. In the 5 yrs pre 2014, ₹2 lakh crores worth paddy was procured compared to ₹5 lakh crores procured in 5 yrs post ‘14.
Procurement of pulses in 5 years pre 2014, was for ₹600Cr. Whereas, for 5 yrs, post ‘14, ₹49000 Cr was spent for pulses procurement (75x more) #FarmLaws
3. Under PM-Kisan more than 10crore farmers get their entitlements directly into their bank accounts. Until now nearly ₹ 1 lakh crore has already reached our farmers. For political gains, in one state, the govt there hasn’t allowed its farmers benefit of this scheme. #FarmLaws
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