India’s Supreme Court criticized the government for failing to negotiate with farmers

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Tens of thousands of farmers have been farming on the edges of the capital, New Delhi, for more than a month, and have committed to march during Republic Day celebrations held on Jan. 26, against what they see as laws gaining large private buyers at the cost of producers.

Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde told in a hearing on Monday the drawn-out conflict was causing suffering to farmers.

“We are extremely disappointed at the way government is handling all this,” Bobde said.

“We don’t know what consultative procedure you followed before the laws. Many states are up in rebellion.”

He repeated an advise that the government pauses the law while farmers’ concerns are heard and said the court would pass orders if the two sides remained at an dead lock.

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