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Special Economic Zones in India A Study with Special Reference to Polepally SEZ in Andhra Pradesh

Sujatha Surepally (Author) M. Bharath Bhushan (Author) Vidya Bhushan Rawat (Author)

The Special Economic Zones SEZs have been aptly described as no-tax, no-regulation zones and hence virtually they are like islands of foreign territory on the Indian soil itself.

Here is a book on the SEZs, with a special focus on the Polepally SEZ in Andhra Pradesh. It presents a gripping saga of resistance by the local people against forcible acquisition of their lands in Polepally and other nearby villages in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh; a very detailed documentation of the genuinely autonomous and sustained struggle based on first-person accounts by the participants themselves; a comprehensive overview of the much-hyped policy of SEZs and its ironically sordid outcome over the years; a detailed account of the colossal revenue loss caused to the country's exchequer by the SEZs, buttressed by damning findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General CAG, and a State-wise round-up of instances of resistance by the farming communities against the landgrab for the SEZs and other corporate mega projects provide a very useful backgrounder.

The book is a lucid account by well-known authors on an issue that has remained on the centre-stage of Indian politics for quite some years now.

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About the author

Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a well-known social activist, author, free-lance journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has been relentlessly working among tribals and Dalits in Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal for more than a decade and has been associated with prominent human rights organizations including the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and FIAN International. He heads Social Development Foundation, an NGO that has been involved in grass-root level work among Dalits and tribals. His main work has been generating information and enabling people fight for their land rights. Through land literacy movements undertaken by the SDF he has been able in strengthening people’s movements in different parts of Uttar Pradesh. His published works include Press and Prejudice: an insightful analysis of Hindi media (Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi) and Sanjhi Sanskriti Sanjhi Virasat (Books for Change, New Delhi).

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Title Special Economic Zones in India A Study with Special Reference to Polepally SEZ in Andhra Pradesh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.07.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Daanish Books
Language: English
isbn 9789381144183
length xvi+245p.