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Modi's retrograde move to spike farm laws will set back reform

Decoding the politics behind government's surprise decision

| India
Narendra Modi and BJP decided to cut their losses.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Prerna Sharma Singh is an award-winning analyst specializing in policy and regulation with special reference to the agriculture and food sectors. She is a director on the board of Indonomics Consulting Private Limited.

Adamant that he would never give in to populist pressure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Friday with typical shock and awe fanfare the rollback of reform measures aimed at transforming the country's agricultural sector that contributes around 15% to India's economy but employs 45% of its workforce.

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