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The share of agriculture workers in the total workforce of the country has come down from 69.9% in 1951 to 54.6% in 2011 according to the Census. In the corresponding period, the share of agriculture as part of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) output has declined from 51.9% to 14.4%(Parveen Kumar/HTphoto)

The fears about farm reforms are misplaced

By Rajyavardhan Rathore
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The fear that market yards will disappear is unfounded. If we continue to do things as before, we will continue to get the same results. We have been hearing of farmer suicides and distress.The prime minister is bringing in positive changes and trying to empower the under-privileged. Let us be part of the solution and not the problem.
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The worst year in the history of the Republic was 1984, which saw (among other things) the Indian Army’s storming of the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the pogrom against the Sikhs, and the Bhopal tragedy(HT Archives)
The worst year in the history of the Republic was 1984, which saw (among other things) the Indian Army’s storming of the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the pogrom against the Sikhs, and the Bhopal tragedy(HT Archives)

The fourth crisis of the Republic, writes Ramachandra Guha

UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2020 08:28 AM IST
A historian can use the past to understand the present, but a historian cannot predict the future. But that the Republic is passing through a very troubled phase in its history is evident. That it lacks the sort of enlightened leadership that can take us out of our difficulties is even more evident.
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