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Labour Reforms Gone Awry

A serious debate on the issue of changes in labour laws by BJP-run states sparked off when some of the proposed changes by the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government were rejected. As many as six of the 35 amendments covering 17 labour laws proposed by MP have been declined by the Union labour ministry. Other state governments have also lined up labour reform measures that trade unions are threatening to take to the streets.

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A Debate That Turned Macabre

The grizzly spectacle of farmer Gajendra hanging himself from a tree has reinforced all the issues that have been building up against the Land Acquisition Ordinance. Farmers’ suicides, the subject of investigative reporting and surveys, had so far been far away from Delhi in the rural heartlands only. In a strange and accidental way, all the motifs —suicide by impoverished, debt-laden farmers, and the charge that the central government has turned a blind eye — have come to haunt the Modi government.

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Modi Lands In Trouble

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a worried man. He normally does not join issue on raging controversies of the day like the ‘Nirbhaya’ film or the litany of politically embarrassing comments emanating from his ministerial colleagues.

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Landing In A Mess

The Narendra Modi government is going to face its first big showdown with the Opposition over its recently promulgated land acquisition ordinance. Bowing to the demands of industry to ease the process of acquiring land for projects, the NDA government pushed the measure through the executive route after it realised that parliamentary passage was no going to be possible with the Opposition enjoying majority in the Rajya Sabha. On the flip side, the decimated Congress and its allies, spoiling for a fight, intend to use the land ordinance to ‘expose’ the government’s ‘anti-farmer’ intent.

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