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Featuring Ravi Agrawal, Milan Vaishnav, and Pranav Dixit on February 22, 2021

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a series of agricultural reforms last November, the country's farmers launched what might be the largest protest movement in modern history. Last November, an estimated 250 million Indians went on strike in solidarity, and today, tens of thousands of farmers are camped just outside the nation’s capital. Modi’s government has responded by silencing journalists and detaining activists, raising troubling questions about the state of the world’s largest democracy. Then pop star Rihanna tweeted about the protests, causing an international incident, and all hell broke loose. In this episode, World Affairs Council (Northern California) talks with journalists and academics about India’s new agricultural reforms, why farmers don’t like them, and how platforms like Facebook and Twitter are influencing the conflict.

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