Indian voters will head to the polls in several states in February and March, posing a key test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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The administration has previously said it will find it difficult to adopt a minimum support price for farm crops as it involves huge budgetary expenditure.
The celebrations are in stark contrast to the everyday reality of millions of Indians left jobless by the pandemic.
Even before the pandemic struck, India’s out-of-pocket expenses on health care were among the highest in the world.
As leaders in Delhi struggle to contain the crisis, horrifying scenes are playing out across the country.
The prime minister's party lost big in a state he visited frequently before the recent virus surge forced him off the campaign trail.
India has fully vaccinated less than 2% of its 1.3 billion-strong population, inoculation centers say they’re running short of doses and exports have all but stopped.
If enacted, the stipends would be some of the first in the world to specifically address women’s unpaid labor, which economists estimate accounts for up to 39% of global GDP.
The political fallout of Modi's handling of the pandemic may become clear on May 2, when election results are due to be announced for the five states voting over the past month.
Health experts worry that a new — possibly more virulent — coronavirus variant could be racing through the crowded nation of more than 1.3 billion people.