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Modi to Scrap Contentious Farm Laws in Major Policy U-Turn

  • The laws have led to angry street protests over the last year
  • Protesters say the laws were designed to help big corporations
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his biggest policy reversal since assuming power in 2014, scrapping controversial farm laws ahead of crucial state elections following a year of persistent street protests. 

In a televised address to the nation on Friday, Modi apologized for failing to convince a section of farmers and said the parliament will repeal the legislation in the session that starts later this month. When lawmakers passed the bills in September 2020 in a bid to boost investment and productivity, Modi had hailed them as “a watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture.”