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Land Reforms in India (Volume 8)

Ghanshyam Shah (Editor) D.C. Sah (Editor)
Synopsis This is the eighth volume in a major series which studies the status of land reforms throughout the country. It focuses on Gujarat and Maharashtra and contains original essays by scholars, activists and administrators who have in-depth knowledge of the current situation regarding land reforms in the two States. The contributors place the two states in a contemporary framework. They point out that Gujarat and Maharashtra are the two most advanced industrial regions in the country where the processes of economic liberalisation, industrial development and technological advancement have meant that the capitalist mode of production has taken strong roots in the agricultural sector. The contributors analyse the problems, performance and challenges of land reforms in the region. Land legislations – their successes and failures as also their implementation – are discussed in detail. Among the other issues examined are: Land alienation among the tribals in the two states, The rehabilitation of those displaced by various development projects, including large dams, The impact of technological changes on the rural economy, and on agricultural development, The status of common property resources. Overall, the contributors argue that unless a clear alternative is provided for the displaced and the marginalised in evolving economic structure, it would not only lead to social injustice but also be economically disastrous in the long run. Based on both field-level primary data and secondary sources such as government records, this volume vividly describes the ground realities and will thus serve as a basis to initiate remedial measures. Students of land reforms and agrarian change, state and central government officials dealing with programmes for the rural poor, and those interested in areas such as the political economy of agriculture, rural development, agricultural labour and social welfare will find this book of tremendous interest.
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About the authors

Ghanshyam Shah

Ghanshyam Shah is an eminent political scientist who has written extensively on caste, class, communalism and social movements. He was Senior Fellow and Director, Centre for Social Studies, Surat, and till recently, held the Dr. Ambedkar Chair at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. At present, he is Professor in Social Sciences in Community Health at Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

D.C. Sah

D.C. Sah is Professor at Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain. His research interests have focused on economic and sociological aspects of equity in sustainable common resource management, decentralized governance, and second-generation impoverishment risks in development displacement. He has authored three books and contributed several articles to academic journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Land Reforms in India (Volume 8)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178290278
length 523p., Tables; 23cm.