Control Issues

Madhavankutty Pillai

What stopping of onion exports says about the state of Indian agriculture

The Economy: How Bad Is It?

With necessary reforms, India can ride out the storm

The Soil Economy

The Finance Minister says the solution to India’s agricultural system is Zero Budget Natural Farming. Is it possible?

The Rural Fetish

Throwing money at rural India without redistributing its excess population is worthless populism

The Roadshow Apart

Protest marches by farmers and emotive appeals by politicians are no substitute for the need to fix India’s broken farm sector

Feroze Varun Gandhi: ‘We’ve gone from medievalism to post-modernism without really having a civilisation in between’

Feroze Varun Gandhi attempts to correct the ill effects of historical processes through his tome on rural distress

The New Village Idiom

Is agriculture all that important?

New Grain Theory

Fresh evidence shows how India pipped China to rice cultivation about nine millennia ago

Bitter Sugar

A crisis of oversupply has resulted in Rs 23,000 crore arrears owed to sugarcane farmers, a powerful political constituency that could make its discontent felt in next year’s General Election

Back to the Scorched Earth

A group of Tamil farmers made national headlines one year ago by kicking off a series of absurd protests in Delhi. V Shoba meets key characters from the landmark agitation who are back in their villages battling an unending farm crisis


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