Three key farm laws have dramatically unleashed new battle-lines across the country. But the problems afflicting Indian agriculture remain basic: lack of water, credit, declining soil fertility, the tiny size of farm holdings and market. All of them need a new solution.
Would the new farm legislation harm farmer interest, end the MSP-based procurement regime and benefit corporates? Or, would these give farmers freedom to trade across states, double their income, bring prosperity? The jury is out.
Peacock numbers are rising in India. But the growing population is also leading to increasing conflict with farmers trying to save their crops from hordes of the protected national bird descending on their fields.