Farmers stir: Messaging isn’t governance

The farmers agitation—which began in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, spread to Neemuch, Ratlam, and Indore districts, and threatens to spread to other states—is a classic case of the harvest of bad karma. The reason is simple: the ruling party continues to have faith in the socialist farm policies that have been the bane of the agriculturist since Independence. The Bharatiya Janata Party, at the helm of affairs in MP and in New Delhi, cannot blame anybody else for the trail of death, destruction, and arson that the stir has brought in its wake.

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