ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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India and EEC-Fruitless Negotiations

to take over the wholesale trade in rice is being quietly shelved. Since the government does not have the gumption to come down on the rich farmers, a reversal of policy all along the line is on the anvil. Till the next crisis arrives on the scene, therefore, it is the rich farmers who will hold complete sway. They will not pay any taxes, the prices for their products will he jacked up, and the inputs they purchase will be supplied generously at subsidised rates. Despite all this, food for the poor is likely to remain short, for, even were the government's stock to swell once more, the poor will not have the wherewithal to purchase the expensively-priced grains. And, if the starving ones have the temerity to rise in protest against their circumstances, the forces of law and order will no doubt be at hand to take care of that.

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