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Devinder Sharma

  • The sidelining of agriculture

    Badly neglected by the UPA, Indian agriculture now faces an assault from the WTO

    Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • Swallowing the bitter pill

    The new government needs to take tough, unpopular steps to tone up fiscal health

    Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 6:00am
  • The loud cries of farmers' widows have been lost in the din of the Narendra Modi coronation

    In the midst of the euphoria in the capital markets, after a strong mandate for Narendra Modi, the loud cries of wailing farm widows have been lost in the noise and cacophony that followed. To my mind, this is the biggest policy paralysis that afflicts the country.

    Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 6:00am
  • Time to stem the rot

    By the time the ninth round of voting finishes on May 12, it will also be time for the farmer to relax. No, it is not the regular election campaigns that have exhausted him.  Nor has he been busy with door-to-door campaigns for any candidate. Neither did he have any time to attend the election...

    Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 6:00am
  • To plough a lonely furrow

    Elections 2014 are around the corner. And when elections draw nearer, the Government suddenly wakes up and thinks of its duties towards the people. This year is no exception. Whether it is the one-rank-one-pension for the retired defence personnel or the legal monthly entitlement of 5kg of wheat/...

    Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 6:03am
  • Migration back to villages

    The government’s lack of focus on agriculture shows its lopsided priorities.

    Monday, 17 February 2014 - 6:00am
  • FDI curse in retail

    One has to look at the US to realise the damage retail giants have inflicted on farmers.

    Monday, 20 January 2014 - 7:53am
  • Farmers don't benefit from rising food prices. They need minimum support prices to survive

    Several years back, the late Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug had shared an interesting insight into the way Nobel prizes are awarded. At the peak of the solidarity movement in Poland, when Lech Walesa was leading a popular workers’ uprising, the Nobel prize committee decided to find out whether...

    Monday, 30 December 2013 - 6:46am
  • Small farmers not big gainers

    The Budget was certainly a political statement with its focus on women, youth and the poor.

    Saturday, 2 March 2013 - 4:17am
  • Budget 2012: Farmer has a lot going for him

    There has been a clear effort towards making more credit available for agriculture.

    Saturday, 17 March 2012 - 10:15am