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GST Reform Came From Consensus, So Why Are Free Trade Negotiations Shrouded in Secrecy?

A letter from Kerala's Agriculture minister V.S. Sunil Kumar to the Central government highlights apprehensions about the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade deal that will bind India to Asia Pacific's manufacturing and agricultural powerhouses. No one, least of all the states who bear the actual consequences, has a clue about what is being negotiated, the tariff lines being conceded, the products in the negative list, and what sectors and states will be affected.