Sunday, April 26, 2015

"More than dozen of [India's rural farmers] have committed suicide"

TAI on India:

Modi’s got a problem. The next big phase in his economic reform agenda requires passing a bill that would make it easier for industry to buy land on a large scale. But India’s rural farmers, normally part of Modi’s Hindu nationalist political base, are broadly opposing it. More than dozen of them have committed suicide, including one who hanged himself in the center of New Delhi, in a dramatic act of protest that has turned the farm bill into a red hot political issue.