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20 Feb, 2021 12:12

Europe now, and how India must learn from its past (E372)

If they gave out gold medals for speeches, Independent Irish MEP Clare Daly would have a treasure chest full of them. And, last week, she gave a speech that was equally exceptional. To the outrage of Brussels, Daly addressed the growing issue of Russophobia and the EU’s contradictory rhetoric in this regard, all the while shining a light on problems emanating from within the bloc itself. With less mainstream coverage of goings-on in Europe now that the UK has left the union, the member of the European Parliament brings Sputnik up to speed with what is going on across the Channel.

Thereafter, we return to the ongoing protests of the Indian farmers. The BJP says it is listening to and negotiating with them, and that promises made by Prime Minister Modi in 2016 are set to double their incomes. For many, globalism has exacerbated inequality – which, in turn, is entangled with India’s colonial past. We invited Kolkata-born British author Saurav Dutt onto the show to offer a different perspective on their struggle. His novel ‘Dear Mr. Bachchan: A Bollywood Novel’, published last year, prophetically deals with the subject of farmer loans, subsidies, and suicides. He says their plight is far more nuanced and complex than it first appears.

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