The massive farmers' protest that is currently underway in India is only a climactic manifestation of years of decay brought about by greater corporatisation of Indian agriculture.
It isn't just about three farm laws. Indian Punjab wants greater trade relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
In this episode, Punjabi writer and freelance journalist, Amandeep Sandhu, unpacks the ongoing protests in North India over three controversial agrarian laws.
Online 'freelance' workers, such as those working with app-based services, kept Indian cities going during the harsh COVID-19 lockdown. But they remain vulnerable to exploitation and uncertainty.
India has been clocking dismal employment growth rates since a few years now, only made wore by the COVID-19 pandemic. A multi-dimensional national policy is the need of the hour.
The Labour Bureau's choice of a new base year, and the manner and timing of the change, raises more than one pertinent questions.
Andhra Pradesh recently signed an MoU with the Indian School of Business. This is a solid step towards building an attractive socioeconomic space, and should be emulated.
In India, trade union growth and bargaining power have weakened over the last three decades in India. Certain provisions in the new industrial relations law will only worsen the situation.
The NDA government's new agriculture laws are yet another stride towards greater centralisation of power at the union level.