So basically now tweeting against Adani and/or coal is also an attempt to destabilise the country? And the government should intervene?

Terrifying stuff. They're literally calling a tweet-storm a plan by "outside forces"

Also, if they're convinced a cyber crime has been committed, shouldn't they should file an FIR? Why are they writing to the union government?
I mean, how do you say "look, people on twitter are falsely calling us crony capitalists" and then immediately urge the government to treat an attack on your company as an attack on the stability of the state??
And if they are so deeply concerned with self reliance and the nation, how do you explain asking SBI, a nationalised bank, to provide a USD 1 billion dollar loan to a project in Australia?

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12 Dec
Ok, quick question: how many people rely on the PDS today? 67% of our population - that’s right. Over 900 million people. Anything that affects this is pretty terrifying, right?

Read on

(Remember that in addition to the PDS, all of us rely on some sort of price control over food. That’s why we are all conditioned to protest to the government about rising onion prices.)

But how exactly does the government manage the PDS and control prices?

First, procurement and MSP. Originally, this covered only rice and wheat - this now covers a series of other food crops, including pulses and oils. The state procures specified produce at a “minimum support price” announced at the beginning of each season.

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12 Dec
Ok, out of curiosity (and nerdiness) I looked at 2014 NCRB data. That's just a year picked randomly (within the years looked at in the Ravi paper).

The NCRB does do the sensible thing, and further breaks down farmer suicides into sub categories

Poverty, illness, marriage related issues (I'm assuming this includes dowry harassment), family problems, farming issues including crop failure, indebtedness, fall in social reputation, alcohol abuse and other causes.
Economic distress manifests in different ways. The last straw for different farmers killing themselves might be different - illness without the option to stop working, family harassment, alcohol addiction, fall in social reputation, indebtedness, crop failure etc

Read 4 tweets
12 Dec
Ok, I actually read the paper and maybe I missed it but it doesn’t seem to ask the question of what % of these housewives come from farming households.

How do you build this entire argument without addressing that?
Housewives certainly do an incredible amount of work, but it’s unpaid. So analysing them as a seperate occupation without looking at their source of family income (I.e. what does the breadwinner do?) seems like a pretty big omission here?
She goes on to talk about the leading reasons for suicide as “family problems” and “illness” but completely refuses to engage with the fact that both of these factors can be and often are linked to a lack of economic well-being.

So puzzling!
Read 5 tweets
12 Dec
In 2019, a law firm that worked for Adani Australia faced investigation by the Australian legal services commission for saying they will use the legal system to "wage war" on people threatening Adani- it was termed the "trained attack dog strategy"…
Since then, their lawyers in Australia have hounded activists, with legal charge after legal charge to the point of bankruptcy.…
They've tried to barge into activists homes…
Read 4 tweets
10 Dec
The interesting thing about the new farmer protest slogan, apart from Adani and Ambani is the focus on "Jamakhori" or hoarding.

We became independent barely 4 years after the Bengal Famine of 1943, which killed between 2.1 and 3 million people in Bengal alone.

Amartya Sen demonstrated that the famine was not driven by food availability. Rice supply was in fact exceptionally high in 1942.
The initial price rise was due to war related inflation - essentially the British printed a ton of notes to cover war expenses. These were spent in the urban areas, which pushed food prices up.

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6 Dec
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…
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