We might be witnessing an interesting legal debate in the days to come.

If the agitating farmers refuse to hold consultations with committee, then what will happen?

Can court force anyone to participate in consultation?

Will the agitation then be held in contempt of court?
Can the right to protest be conditional to persuasive role of the court?

In case of a stalemate, what is the role of the govt?

Will the stay on implementation continue even if agitating farmers’ don’t come to the committee?

If the agitation ends, what will happen to stay?
Can court cap the powers of women & elders to agitate in the name of compassion?

Can any organisation take or be given unilateral responsibility or accountability of any person willingly participating in protests?

What if women & elderly refuse to withdraw from protests?
Is it ok for courts to presume that women and elders are not participating on their own but someone else is responsible for their decisions?

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11 Jan
कृषि क़ानून विरोधी आंदोलन से जुड़े 2 मुद्दे सप्रीम कोर्ट में हैं:

1. क्या ये क़ानून संवैधानिक हैं?
2. ये कि आंदोलन ग़लत है,SC उसे समाप्त करने का आदेश दे।

आज दूसरे मुद्दे पर सुनवाई थी,संवैधानिक पहलू पर अभी बहस नहीं हुई है।

आंदोलन को SC ने ग़लत नहीं माना,सरकार पर नाराज़गी दिखायी
SC बिना संवैधानिकता की बहस पूरी किये क़ानून ख़ारिज नहीं कर सकता।

इसलिए क़ानून को फ़िलहाल लागू न करने का सुझाव आज कोर्ट की ओर से आया।

किसान क़ानून की संवैधानिकता पर नहीं, उसके प्रभाव पर सवाल उठा रहे हैं। क्योंकि कोई भी क़ानून संविधान सम्मत होते हुए भी दुष्प्रभावी हो सकता है 2/n
आज की सुनवाई किसानों की माँग पर नहीं थी। ये सुनवाई उन याचिकाओं के कारण हुई थी, जो कोर्ट की मार्फ़त किसान आंदोलन को ग़लत ठहरा कर, उसे समाप्त करने का निर्देश कोर्ट से चाहते थे।

मगर कोर्ट ने सहमति नहीं दी। इसलिए आंदोलन चलता रहेगा।
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10 Jan
The controversy on the two Indian covid vaccines is a direct consequence of the lack of credibility of this govt’s decisions.

When unscientific assertions, impulsive decisions, impure data are integral to any govt’s public policy, then all public policies become questionable.
Vaccinating 138 crore won’t be easy. India has successful experience of polio eradication recently and many more in past. Infact, polio vaccine was an oral one, didn’t require trained manpower. Yet it was humongous task and took meticulous planning and execution. 2/n
Covid vaccination is an even more daunting task. The scale of pandemic called for emergency responses in vaccine development, in inventory management and in delivery mechanism. Routine administrative responses would never deliver. Everyone understands it.
Had the govt....
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7 Dec 20
A letter written in 2010 by former Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has surfaced, wherein he is advocating reforms in APMC.

It’s hinted that he his changing his position due to political motivations.

What are the facts? Let’s examine.
The letter talks of Draft APMC Rules 2007.
1. In draft rules, state govts are empowered to declare any market as Special Market or Sp Commodity Market functioning under a Market Committee.
2. New agri-laws have placed the private agri business out of the ambit of mandi system 2/n
3. 2007 Rules empower Market Committees Rk collect levy, fees, under the aegis of state govts.
4. New agri-laws restrict APMC or state govt from collecting levy, fees from private market.
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6 Dec 20
आज पूर्व कृषि मंत्री शरद पवार का 2010 में मुख्यमंत्रियों को लिखा पत्र सोशल मीडिया में जारी हुआ है, जिसमें वे APMC में सुधार की वकालत कर रहे हैं।

इशारा ये है कि वे अब राजनीति के चलते पाला बदल रहे हैं।

पर क्या ये सच है? आइए देखें
पत्र में Draft APMC Rules 2007 की वकालत की गयी है

1. इसमें राज्य सरकार को अधिकार दिया गया है कि किसी मार्केट को स्पेशल मार्केट या स्पेशल कमोडिटी मार्केट घोषित कर सके, जो मार्केट कमेटी के अधीन काम करेगी
2. नए कृषि बिल में कृषि व्यापार को मंडी समिति से दायरे से बाहर कर दिया है।2/n
3.2007 के सुधार अनुसार मार्केट समिति को टैक्स लेवी, फ़ीस एकत्र करने का अधिकार था, जो राज्य के अन्तर्गत था।
4.नए कृषि क़ानून में कोई APMC मंडी या राज्य सरकार टैक्स लेवी या फ़ीस नहीं ले सकती।

(2007 की मार्केट समिति को मंडी समिति की तर्ज़ पर ही सुझाया गया है) 3/n
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6 Dec 20
SC scholarship for 60 lakh students stopped.

Modi govt says, क्या करें, states r discontinuing or scaling it down since 2017-18

What an excuse!
Wasn’t it Modi govt tht starved states of funds by reducing centre’s contribution from 60% to 10%
Aren’t most states are ruled by BJP!
In 2017-18, Finance Ministry formula under 12th Finance Commission brought down Center’s contribution down from 60 % to 10%.

Interestingly, it is the only centrally sponsored scheme that does not follow 60:40 formula.
All India Post Matric Scholarship began in 2008-09.

Up until 2017-18, the scholarship was fully sponsored by the Centre

In April 2018, states were asked to share the scholarship, under the condition of ‘committed liability’.
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6 Dec 20
India didn’t hv enough food or milk to feed it’s population in 70’s

Today, India is world's largest producer of milk, pulses, jute

2nd in rice, wheat, sugarcane, groundnut, veg, fruit, cotton

Among top in spices,fish, poultry, livestock & plantation crops
How did it happen?1/n
Today India is world’s third largest economy. It is now an industrial and service sector economy. Agriculture is 16% of GDP.

In 1947, it was one of the poorest and agriculture was over 50% of GDP.

How did this happen?
Is it because agriculture growth post 70’s enabled rural population to study and participate in other sectors?

Did the wealth generated by Agri-revolution help in growth of other sectors?
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