As thousands of protesting farmers blocked trains in parts of northern India on Thursday by sitting on rail lines, the bitter stand-off between them and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over agricultural reforms grinds on. In terms of tenacity, Modi has found his match in the farmers. Yet the farmers have in Modi an uncompromising foe who refuses to change his mind.

Mass protests over the reforms – which on Thursday saw trains at two dozen locations in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh states…


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