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India braces for mass protests over contentious farm bills

Farmers take to streets fearing reforms will swipe floor from under prices

Supporters of India's main opposition party protest farm bills passed by India's parliament, in Kolkata on Sept. 21.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's latest agriculture reforms, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi says will help double farmers' income, have sparked a massive uproar, with opposition parties and growers calling them "anti-peasant."

Amid protests by farmers, mainly in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, Parliament this week cleared three bills aimed at liberalizing the agriculture sector. The government expects the legislation to bring transparency and accelerate growth in the agriculture sector, to attract private investment in supply chains and farm infrastructure, and to create new employment opportunities in rural areas.

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