Livelihoods | VOL. 15, ISSUE 88, January-February 2015 |

Do Bigha Zameen: Dispossessing the Farmer

Do Bigha Zameen’ (1953) is a classic Bimal Roy film about the plight of Shambhu Mahato, a marginal farmer who owns two bighas (measurements vary from one region to another, ~1333 square meter in West Bengal, where the story unfolds) of land. Thakur Harnam Singh, to whom Shambhu is in debt for having borrowed a small amount several years ago, wants to sell his land for a modern mill to a city based businessman. Since Shambhu’s land lies between two...

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