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Stop Mythologising the Amazon – It Just Excuses Rampant Commercial Exploitation

Stop Mythologising the Amazon – It Just Excuses Rampant Commercial ExploitationThe history of the rubber ‘boom’ demonstrates how such mythologising plays into the hands of non-Amazonian interests, rather than Amazonian constituents. Credit: Gustavo Frazao/Shutterstock.com The Amazon, perhaps more than any other region of the globe, has consistently been idealised and mythologised. This is true both… Read More »

No Country For Pastoralists

No Country For PastoralistsAs India steps into the 69th year of establishing itself as a Republic, the nomadic Van Gujjars and many forest-dependent communities across the country continue to struggle for forest rights. Organised by some Van Gujjar leaders along with Van Panchayat Sangharsh Morcha and the All India Union of Forest People, this Jan… Read More »

There’s No Reason to Be Confused on How to Calculate the Right MSP

There’s No Reason to Be Confused on How to Calculate the Right MSPThe Swaminathan Commission was clear in its recommendations, and the rationale offered by the NITI Aayog to rule out the use of comprehensive cost is dubious at best. The curious thing is that there was never any real ‘confusion’ on this matter. Credit:… Read More »

Chant Hanuman Chalisa to Protect Crops From Natural Calamities, BJP Leader Tells Farmers 

Chant Hanuman Chalisa to Protect Crops From Natural Calamities, BJP Leader Tells Farmers Ramesh Saxena, a former BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, has advised farmers to chant the hymn dedicated to Hanuman daily for an hour to ward off natural calamity. Representative image. Credit: PTI New Delhi: A former Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Madhya Pradesh, has… Read More »

For India’s Farmers, Budget 2018 Is Nothing but a Hoax

For India’s Farmers, Budget 2018 Is Nothing but a HoaxThe finance minister has made a big announcement on minimum support price, but he should make it clear whether all he is promising is to take the prices back to the UPA-II levels. In the three years since the NDA government promised doubling of farm incomes by… Read More »