The KRRS has also been protesting since September - hopefully they’ll be heard more now…
Remember that they’re also protesting amendments passed by the state government to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act which lifts restrictions on individuals purchasing agricultural land…
And of course they are also “misinformed” 🙄…

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6 Dec
So why is the government so focused on Love Jihad in UP when it faces a massive threat on the farm bills? Well, the two are somewhat connected.


Chaudhary Charan Singh originally forged what was called the MAJGAR alliance (Muslim, Ahir (Yadav), Jat, Gujjar and Rajput) to advocate middle farmer interests in UP. It was based more on interests than on identity.

The Muslims and the Jats were the cornerstones of this alliance, which through fractured by various factors including Mandal endured almost up to 2013 riots, and still voted together.…
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This @ShekharGupta peice is exactly the sort of writing you get when you prioritise the “legacy” or reputation of a leader over the future of the country.

The Welsh still live with the devastating effects of some of Thatcher’s policy.

There is nothing wrong with a leader who listens to the people- frankly all democratically elected leaders should.

To mock that ability or demean that like this peice does for MMS is sickening.

The farm bills will most likely lead to large scale rural unemployment and devastation - that’s the only consideration here. The future of 35-45% of our population is at stake.

It’s not about Modi or his legacy, FGS.
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To begin, here are her views on some of the cases that her team was fighting at the time of her arrest in 2018.

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