Three contentious bills that will change the way India’s farmers do business have roiled the country’s parliament and sparked protests that have spilled onto the streets. The BBC reports that the upper house passed two of the bills, which will become laws once the president approves them, on Sunday in a charged session. Opposition parties meanwhile accused the government of flouting parliamentary procedure by passing the bills hurriedly and not listening to their demand of sending the bills to a parliamentary committee for further deliberations. But beyond the political fracas, angry and worried farmer groups see them as unfair and exploitative. Pro-reform economists have partly welcomed the move, but say it’s a piecemeal approach that is unlikely to do much.
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