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Workers harvest cotton in a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Photo: UNI

Herbicide-Tolerant Cotton: Dangerous Fluff

An unapproved variety of cotton is grown extensively in India and proves that governments have scant regard for intellectual property and the rule of...
The Bt Cotton plant

Sowing Seeds of Doubt

The Additional Solicitor-General intervened between Monsanto and Nuziveedu Seeds, giving the impression that the ministry is playing favourites. But this may not be the...
SWAMINATHAN REDUX

SWAMINATHAN REDUX

~By Inderjit Badhwar “Our cities are not India. India lives in her seven and a half lakh villages and the cities live upon the villages”—MK...
Workers harvest cotton near Ahmedabad. Bt cotton was approved in 2002. Photo: UNI

Cloud over GM Crops

The fate of GM mustard hangs in the balance with the centre yet to take a final decision on it. This has forced many...
Monsanto has come in for criticism in India for monopolising seed distribution and for disrupting traditional agricultural practices. Photo: Greenpeaceindia

Monsanto Battle: Tied up in Knots

This American agricultural major’s fight with an Indian company regarding use of its Bt Cotton technology has reached the Delhi High Court    ~By Chandan...
Will this woman’s mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar be safe from GM infusion? Photo: UNI

The GM Jinx

Another genetically modified crop, mustard, faces an uncertain future with the Supreme Court and the government passing the buck              By S Gopikrishna Warrier The history...

Karnavati: Name Games

Above: The failures of Vijay Rupani government have escaped attention in the re-naming euphoria/Photo: UNI Like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat too is on a name-changing spree...
Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services

GST: A Good Idea Gone Bad

Above: Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services At the launch of GST, Prime Minister Modi stated...
Vijay Mallya at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Photo: UNI

Economic Offenders: Knee-Jerk Response

In view of the growing number of absconding defaulters, the government has tabled the Fugitive Offenders Bill in the Lok Sabha. But is it...
An estimated 15 million tonnes of stubble is burnt in fields to make way for wheat farming

Stubble Burning: A Burning Issue

In an attempt to stem the serious problem of paddy straw being torched by farmers, the Punjab government has laid down strict orders to...

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