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How farmers fight for democracy in India, with Mukulika Banerjee

The success of the farmers' protests shows the power of rural politics in India

Emily Tamkin, the US editor of the New Statesman, interviews Mukulika Banerjee about her new book, Cultivating Democracy: Politics and Citizenship in Agrarian India.

They discuss the farmers’ protests that eventually led to a government U-turn in India, the history of the country’s rural politics and the health of democracy in the subcontinent.

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Further reading:

India reveres its democracy, but the room for dissent is shrinking

Claims of conspiracy behind India’s farmers’ protests carry a warning for the world

How a farmers’ protest in India evolved into a mass movement that refuses to fade

How India’s farmers’ protests went global

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