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Representational image. | A file photo of a farmer plowing his fields with a tractor in Jalandhar. | Photo: ANI

Why tractors are witnessing a spike in sales amid slowdown in auto industry

Tractor sales in India recorded a 28% y-o-y growth this year, from April to November. Experts attribute the trend to better monsoon, finance availability and lesser expenditure on weddings.
Farmers protesting at Singhu border | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Why the farmers’ protest is led by Sikhs of Punjab

The Khalistan movement in the 1980s may have limited support for Punjab’s Sikhs in the battle with the Indira Gandhi govt. But in Modi govt's farm laws, they have a worthy cause.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh | Twitter

CM Amarinder Singh’s appeal fails, 150 more telecom towers destroyed by protesting farmers

Protesting farmers in Punjab have vandalised and damaged a total 1,338 towers, mostly of Reliance Jio, snapping connectivity.
AAP leaders including its Punjab unit chief Bhagwant Mann (second from left) burn copies of the three new farm laws in New Delhi in October | Photo: ANI

How faction-ridden AAP in Punjab is looking to turn farmers’ agitation into an advantage

Once a serious contender for power in Punjab, AAP has seen a stream of exits of senior leaders. The charge of too much central control also refuses to go away.

Library, ‘blanket langar’ & even a salon — farmers have made Singhu border a mini ‘pind’

A walk through the protest site at Singhu border shows the protesting farmers are here for the long haul. This is how the community has rallied together to make their efforts last.
Women and neighbours in Punjab's Daud Kalan step in to fulfill the role of farmers who are out protesting. | Photo: Samyak Pandey/ThePrint

Wedding planning, feeding buffaloes, farm work — neighbours step in as Punjab farmers protest

Three lakh farmers marched from Punjab to protest last month and have been stationed at Delhi’s borders since, and this is how their farms and homes are being taken care of.
Agitators at the Tikri border, which has been blocked by the farmers outside the national capital. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Need continued talks, long-term solutions — what experts say on farmers protest

Farmers are seeking revocation of the farm laws, but the Modi govt is agreeing to only amendments. Experts say reforms not new, solution should be face-saving.
Young children accompany their mothers on a stroll in Chunni Kalan village of Mohali, Punjab | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

From debt to unemployment, Punjab’s entire economy needs reform, not just agriculture

The bread basket of India, Punjab was the richest state in the country for decades before it began falling behind several states.
Farmers protest at the Haryana-Delhi border at Singhu | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Indian farmers want parity, not charity. Modi govt would do well to not teach them agriculture

The Indian farm laws are as convoluted and ill-advised as the notebandi.
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How Bihar recorded growth but Punjab lagged behind and why farm reforms are important

In episode 634 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta compares Bihar's growth after agricultural reforms in 2006 to Punjab's growth rate that has been declining.

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