Agrarian crisis, farmers' protests and women's assertion

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Despite a declining share in GDP, agriculture still constitutes the mainstay for close to half of India’s population. Yet, with little investment in agricultural research and extension over the past two decades, lack of procurement at announced minimum support prices, and in the face of growing climatic variability, the farming community continues to experience massive distress. This has resulted in a large number of protests by farmers over the past few years, escalating since 2017, a direct response to the unmet promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 2014 election campaign, to implement the recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers. The current protests have also seen an articulation by women farmers, seeking recognition and support for their contributions to the economy as farmers, not just as home-makers and ‘unpaid household helpers’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPassionate Politics
Subtitle of host publicationDemocracy, development and India's 2019 general election
EditorsIndrajit Roy
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781526157751
ISBN (Print)9781526157720
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2023


  • farmers protest
  • India
  • women's assertion
  • Farmers Commission

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