Farmers' protests over reforms seen as test of Indian PM Modi's ability to improve sector

Five rounds of talks between the government and farmers have failed, although a sixth is planned for Wednesday. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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NEW DELHI - With a coronavirus pandemic that has seen 9.7 million cases recorded in India and a tanking economy to deal with, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not need a protracted protest by a powerful political constituency to add to his woes.

Tens of thousands of farmers across the country are protesting new legislation which seeks to reform the sale of agricultural produce, a show of force that has entered its 13th day with farmers intensifying the stir on Tuesday (Dec 8) by calling for a nationwide strike.

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