The production and the marketing of farm produce have been immensely affected by the labor and logistical constraints due to frequent and long lockdowns as dictated by policies of state and central governments taking into account the shocking situations on the ground caused by the pandemic. The pandemic looming large on one hand and the ongoing agitation by the farmers against the new farm laws at the other, has put the agriculture sector into a precarious position as the farm harvests have been reduced, the mandis (rural markets) operations jeopardized and the profits marginalized. While the administration continues to assert that these are the major reforms and would bring more prosperity, the matter remains in question, to whom it will bring wealth? Even though the government claims that these laws will offer better value income for farmers but there are the repeated assertions by farmers that the government should be devoted to procurement processes of Minimum Support Prices.
The High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on agricultural exports, created in 2019, in consultation with the 15th Finance Commission, states that the three Farm Laws are “very important” for the country’s trade policy and agriculture sector, which are:
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How Is The Indian Agriculture Sector Managing With The Pandemic And The Farm Laws?
Of late, the agriculture sector has been hugely impacted by the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic. Add to this, the twist given by the new farm laws, which have been enacted across the board, though being opposed vociferously by the farmers primarily from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, which they apprehend that it is a neoliberal move, which they think would lead to the loss of traditional wholesale markets and the corporatization of agriculture. Thus, the situation has become more complex and compounded.
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A Long-Standing Relationship
India and Kuwait enjoy traditionally warm and friendly relations, rooted in history and sustained people-to-people contact. The year 2020-21 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries. India has been a natural trading partner of Kuwait and until 1961 Indian Rupee was the legal tender in Kuwait. Till the discovery and development of oil, Kuwait’s economy revolved around its fine harbour and maritime activities which included shipbuilding, pearl diving, fishing and voyages to India on wooden dhows carrying dates, Arabian horses and pearls that were traded for wood, cereals, clothes and spices.
AN INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE PEACE, HARMONY, & PROSPERITY GLOBALLY
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The visit of External Affairs Minister, H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar to Kuwait (9th-11th June 2021) was part of the enhanced political exchange on the 60th anniversary of steady and fruitful diplomatic relations between the two countries. The relation has assumed an unprecedented dimension of trust and care with the mutual pandemic outreach and assistance to each other. The visit was intended to consolidate the attainments of relations so far and expand new areas of mutual cooperation by building bridges of trust and confidence for the security and stability of the region.
INDIAN DIASPORA IN KUWAIT
India and Kuwait savor traditional close-knit ties since time immemorial due to historical trade links, geographical proximity, and cultural ties besides the presence of the Indian diaspora. India is also one of the biggest trading nations of Kuwait and the Gulf nation likewise is a significant supplier of oil to India. The Indian rupee was also the legal tender until 1961 in Kuwait and also the Indo-Kuwaiti trade revolved around textiles, horses, trade, and agricultural goods. Later, the diplomatic ties between the two countries began in 1962 when India was amongst the first nations to recognize the independence of Kuwait.
STRENGTHENING BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
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INDIA NEEDS TO SHED ITS SOCIALISTIC-ERA FEAR OF PRIVATE SECTOR BIG CORPORATIONS
To become a technologically muscular nation, India needs to shed its socialistic-era fear of private sector big corporations In spite of the fact that service and consumer economy has been a major contributor to India’s GDP, it’s not good enough to meet the rising aspirations of the high-tech digital generation; nor does the service economy enable India to face the complex challenges of national defense, diplomacy, and international trade. Service economy does not create muscle power.
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