Friday, September 25 2020

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The government is saying the new laws will give us freedom to sell anywhere. I am not clear as to what I can do with this freedom. If the mandi system collapses, where will we sell our crops? I am unable to understand why huge private companies will pay us more than what we are getting now.

That’s Durjan Singh Patel, a small farmer in Madhya Pradesh, expressing his puzzled anguish at the new Farm laws—which will allow farmers to sell directly to big private companies anywhere in the country. The worry: private operators will undermine the current government mandi system which oversees all produce transactions, and leave the individual farmer at the mercy of large corporations. Illustration: Parth Savla

Big Story

WTF is happening with Deepika Padukone

The TLDR: The biggest story on television is the investigation of the so-called ‘drug nexus’ in Bollywood. Given the sad state of news coverage, we decided instead to focus on the bigger questions that have implications for all citizens. What is the actual evidence for this latest flurry of summons? How can authorities access WhatsApp messages? And can they be used in court? 


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