More than 50,000 Indian farmers blocked the main highway into New Dehli to protest the fall in comodity prices. The police fought the demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a towering statue of independence leader Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. Over 180 meters tall, it dwarfs the world's next-tallest statue, which is located in China.
India and China are closely watching the political unrest engulfing Sri Lanka, a country they both regard as a critical player in their geo-strategic game for dominance in South Asia.
Vehicles were set on fire in the southern city of Thiruvananthapuram where a preacher had supported women of childbearing age entering a temple. India's ruling BJP backs protesters trying to keep women out of the temple.
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