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PM Modi's Trumpian trade exit may be a tactical retreat for India

image By Iain Marlow and Shruti Srivastava

As Indian officials held last-minute talks on joining the world’s biggest regional trade deal at a summit in Bangkok, farmers back home were launching nationwide demonstrations -- chanting, holding up placards and burning signs in protest.

Opposition from powerful groups representing millions of farmers -- the most important electoral constituency in the world’s largest democracy -- showed why Prime Minister Narendra Modi pul ..............ET