Representatives of the Indian government and tens of thousands of protesting farmers failed to make progress Friday in their eighth round of talks over the farmers’ demand that new agricultural reform laws be scrapped.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar offered to amend any flaws in the three laws but refused to repeal them, prompting the farmers to continue their 44-day-old blockade of highways linking the capital with the country’s north.
The two sides agreed to meet again on Jan. 15, said Hannan Mollah, a leader of the farmers. “We can’t accept anything other than the repeal of the three new laws,” he said.
Television images showed the farmers at the negotiating table with placards reading, “We will win or die.”