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

Land and Livelihood: Debating the Land Acquisition Law

Rural livelihoods, whether farm or non-farm, are intricately linked to land, particularly in the developing world. In the global south, specifically in India, land is an emblem of social status and security of households in addition to being a prominent source of livelihood and poverty-arresting ingredient (Robin Mearns, 1999, ‘Access to land in rural India: Policy issues and options’, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2123). So, dispossession of land, which is central to rural livelihood, has a far...

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