Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 23 April 15,India’s farmers aren’t convinced
The Gulf News story about how India’s powerful farming lobby turned on Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an interesting read (‘India’s farming lobby turns on Modi’, Gulf News, April 19). The ongoing land bill amendment in the Indian Parliament and all the opposition parties’ agitation against this bill is continuing. In a recent development, one farmer who voted for Modi was talking about how neither the rains favoured them, nor Modi ‘s bill. Even though the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government expressed its favour for the bill and talked about how the country will develop in industrial growth and infrastructure in rural areas, it was not convincing enough for the farmers. The NDA is caught in a tricky situation: will the Modi government modify the amendment, which will be a benefit for both farmers and the government’s policies? We will have to wait and see.
From Mr K. Ragavan