The Land Question in Neoliberal India: Socio-Legal and Judicial Interpretations

1st Edition

Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly

Routledge India
June 15, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138583733 - CAT# K376911


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This book examines the land question in neoliberal India based on a cohesive framework focusing on socio-legal and judicial interactions in a point of departure from the political-economy approach to land issues. It sheds light on several complex aspects of land matters in India and evolves a critical and multi-dimensional discourse by mapping out exchanges between social and political actors, the State, elites, citizenry, and the legal battle or judicial interpretations on land as right to property. 

Based on the themes of socio-legal policy and perspective on ‘land’ on the one hand and jurisprudence on the land question on the other, the volume discusses topics such as conclusive land titling; urban land governance; governance of forest land; land-leasing practices, policies and interventions from women’s perspective; land acquisition policies and laws; how land matters interface with environment issues; and judicial debates on ‘compensation’ against land acquisitions. It covers a wide range of case studies from all over India by bringing together specialists from across backgrounds.   

Comprehensive and topical, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of development studies, political studies, law, sociology, political economy, public policy as also to professionals in NGOs, civil society organisations, thinktanks, planning and public administration, lawyers, civil services and training institutes, and judicial and forest academies. Those working on rural and urban land issues in India, land management, land governance, environmental laws and governance, property rights, resource conflicts, social work and rural development will find this of special interest. 

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