Protests by farmers in India bode ill for PM Modi

With election due next year, analysts see rural distress as key issue for the government

A planned 10-day protest by farmers demanding better prices for their produce and farm loan waivers is a sign of the growing agrarian unrest in India that poses a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking re-election next year.

Since last Friday, thousands of farmers, especially in the northern and central parts of India, have refused to take their produce, including cereals, vegetables and pulses, to market. This has led to shortages in many places, and price hikes of 10 per cent to 20 per cent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'Protests by farmers in India bode ill for PM Modi'. Print Edition | Subscribe