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The Morning Wrap: The Farmers' Fury; Did Gandhi Have A Caste?

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

13/06/2017 9:28 AM IST | Updated 13/06/2017 9:46 AM IST
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Farmers from Tamil Nadu pose half-shaved during a protest demanding a drought-relief package from the federal government, in New Delhi, India April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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With the agrarian crisis reaching a peak in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had to sit on a fast to assuage the farmers. G Pramod Kumar explains what ails the Indian farmer and what the state can do to help them.

In its three years in power so far, the current government has got rid of many obsolete laws. Yet, demands for newer and stricter laws are also rising. If passed, some of these can make life even harder in India.

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Main News

With farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh being promised loan waivers by their governments respectively, others across the country are wilfully defaulting on payments, hoping for similar sops.

Maoist insurgents are moving away from their traditional hotbeds, spreading their influence to newer parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, reports The Indian Express.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dared the BJP to hold fresh Assembly elections in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh simultaneously, as also by-elections to the Lok Sabha seats held by NDA members in both the States.

Off The Front Page

US President Donald Trump is looking forward to meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 June, a White House spokesperson said. Terrorism, H1B visas and trade will be discussed between the two.

Following the example of several other states, Goa has risen against the beef ban, but there the Church and Muslim groups have joined hands to combat the rule against sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter.

Absconding business tycoon Vijay Mallya will face his extradition hearing in a UK court this afternoon. He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in April after India launched proceedings against him earlier this year.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Ramachandra Guha asks if MK Gandhi had a caste—ostensibly with reference to BJP's Amit Shah calling him a 'chatur baniya'. The answer will leave you intrigued.

Forcing India's security forces to play to the gallery for political mileage and public support does a huge disservice to their role in society, says Vaishna Roy in The Hindu.

There's an important lesson to be gleaned from British Prime Minister Theresa May's reversal of political fortune, says an editorial in Mint.

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