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

Pauperised by Development

Since independence, India has followed the dominant paradigm of development —of transforming traditional, agrarian economies into modern, complex ‘industrialised’ ones. Massive industrial facilities and ambitious irrigation, hydro-electricity and mining projects heralded a new age in India’s history. The onset of economic liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation has only seen this model being followed more assiduously. Basic to all such ‘developmental’ projects is land and massive land acquisition has been a marked feature of this era. Lands in close proximity to urban...

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