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India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie talks about loan waivers, the politics surrounding it and the changes sweeping rural India in India Today's 43rd anniversary special issue 'Naya Bharat'.

In recent weeks, rural distress has dominated public discourse. Loan waivers are the new flavour of the season for politicians, the panacea that will win them elections. Typically, they don't address the real problem, just apply band aids to a very deep wound. The reasons for the anguish in rural India are many and vary from region to region: overproduction, lack of market access, the unproductive size of

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