A parallel between the violent union strikes in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s under Mrs Thatcher and strikes against Mr Modi were first drawn by Indian journalist Shekhar Gupta. Despite immense political pressure, Mrs Thatcher steamrolled coal miners in 1985. The Modi Government has offered to make some concessions after negotiations with protesters broke down, but farmers are refusing to budge until the reforms are scrapped. "You have water cannoned them. You have beaten them. There were women in there," Mr Kohli, the Australian campaigner, said of the Delhi protests. Nevertheless, the BJP remains wildly popular. A poll by the India Today newspaper in July found Mr Modi's Government was commanding a 78 per cent approval rating, compared with just 5 per cent disapproval. "There's no doubt that these protests will test the Modi Government, but the deregulation it is attempting in the agricultural sector has been proposed for more than a decade," Professor Hall of Griffith University said. "We should recognise too that the current government is in incredibly strong position: it is about 18 months into a five-year term, it commands a strong majority in the lower house, and the opposition parties remain weak and fragmented." But Mr Singh of Turbans for Australia said that "[Mr Modi's] popularity is good in the books, or on social media … but on the ground level the reality is very different. The BJP thinks they are unquestionable in India, which is wrong."
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