Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - 11-20-21
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Some good news in India
Modi caves on farm laws in major policy defeat
In a major policy reversal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that three controversial farm laws that thousands of farmers have been protesting against for over a year will soon be repealed.
The lightning rod legislation, which was passed in September last year, sought to deregulate the agriculture sector to allow farmers to sell their produce and products outside of government-regulated markets where they are guaranteed a minimum price.
However, farmers feared the laws would reduce the prices they receive and favor big corporations over small growers. Modi’s government had earlier said repealing the laws was out of the question, while protracted negotiations to amend the laws ultimately failed.
Farmers organizations say more than 700 farmers died during the protests.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a farm body leading the protest, welcomed the PM’s decision but said they would wait for the announcement to take effect through due parliamentary procedures. “If it happens, it will be a historic victory of the year-long farmers’ struggle in India,” it said.
Some thoughts from May 2020 by Eric Li alumni of University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, and founder one of China's largest news and opinions medias Guancha.cn.
On China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and China's Peaceful Rise (18.12)
part 6 of a presentation series by Nathan Rich. Diplomatic communication from China to England, British merchant activity and British forces activity just prior to the first Opium war. England is trying to have China be the aggressor in the Opium wars and fire the first shots.
Chinese History: 20,291 Opium Chests Destroyed (1839)(25.17)
Singapore PM Lee Warns of U.S.-China Miscalculation Over Taiwan (45.26) Nov 18, 2021
What is on your mind today? (Responses to Covid questions and dialog to be conducted at The Dose diary)