With farmers of India enraged at the BJP’s three proposed farm bills, Ayesha Gidda argues that that ‘the imposing of such statutes marks the beginning of the end of the mandi system and MSPs keeping farmers afloat’. Given the introduction of proposals potentially leaving more than 100 million farmers to fall victim to increasing corporatization, Ayesha delves further into some of the causes of one of the biggest protests of the last decade.
Whilst farmers fight cops in Delhi, tit-for-tat killings between the right and the left escalate in Kerala and Maoists stage an insurgency in Chhattisgarh. Sam Glasper suggests an intensified prolonged class struggle looks likely to grip India as millions go out on strike against the pro-corporate polices of the government. “A long history of class struggle encapsulates the Indian workers movement and its momentum is sure to become a problem for BJP Prime Minister, Narendra Modi”.
Does the changing dynamic of the Indo-Nepali relationship cast doubt over India’s influence within South Asia? Neelanjana highlights that while Delhi’s influence remains intact within Kathmandu, by continuing in its attitude towards its smaller neighbour it is committing geo-political hara-kiri given Beijing’s looming presence in the Indian subcontinent.
Is it time for India to change the way it conducts foreign policy with China? Neelanjana suggests a switch from its current outlook to a strategy of pursuing ‘proactive diplomacy with its Quad partners in order to counter Beijing’s bellicose behaviour in the region’ of the Line of Actual Control that separates the two countries.