Land Acquisition Bill

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The Dispensable Farmer

It is OK if farmers are at the mercy of moneylenders. We need BIFR packages for industry. Industrial growth is important. It is OK if a few children are forced into bonded labour to repay debts incurred by their dead parents.
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The Thorn Birds Of India

In the days to come, as has always happened in debates surrounding farmer's rights, rhetoric will triumph over reason. Instead of focusing on the plight of the farmers, the debate is destined to be styled as us v. them -- farmer v. industry. The Land Bill presently being debated in Parliament, despite all its merits, will be labelled as a giant conspiracy against the farmers of India; the government under siege will be forced to relent on all reforms --agricultural, industrial and labour.