Losing the farm plot

Till recently, the intransigence over negotiations with the government on the contentious agri-marketing laws and vandalism at the Red Fort on Republic Day seemed to have weakened the position of the protesting farmers. In a matter of a week, however, the government’s extreme responses and absurd modes of retaliation appear to have handed back the advantage to the farmers. By choosing to put out a 334-worded statement through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in response to two tweets in support of the protestors by singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg, the government .....

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