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The Problem with India’s Punjab Is Last-Century Farming

A little over two months ago, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pushed through a series of farm reforms that will give farmers more options to sell their crops for higher prices, while retaining the government-sponsored marketing boards the provide price supports. A little over one month ago, Punjabi farmers — mainly from the minority Sikh community — started blocking trains to protest the reforms. The government responded by suspending train services (they play politics tough in India).

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