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Legislating for Justice: The Making of the 2013 Land Acquisition Law

Jairam Ramesh (Author) Muhammad Ali Khan (Author)

Land ownership in India has always been a risky proposition. The hitherto unfettered power of acquisition and the refusal of the Parliament to recognize the right to own property as a fundamental one, had emboldened the state to stake claim on any land it saw fit. However, in the years 2012-2014, the Government of India embarked on an exercise to not just amend but to rewrite the law on acquisition. This process saw the radical polarization of public opinion into two sharp sides â those who saw acquisition as a necessary tool to Indiaâs development (given the absence of other mechanisms guaranteeing clear title), and those who were sharply opposed to an archaic relic that defied the rule of law.

This book attempts to explain the rationale employed behind each and every provision by the then Minister and his Principle Aide who helped draft the law.

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About the author

Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh is at present a Member of Parliament representing the Congress Party from Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. He has earlier been advisor to two prime ministers and to two Finance Ministers. He has held several key positions in the Government of India during 1983-1997 and has been closely involved with many state governments as well. He has won several awards and is associated with various public institutions as well. He has had a varied education in leading universities in India and the USA.

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Title Legislating for Justice: The Making of the 2013 Land Acquisition Law
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.05.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199458995, 9780199458998
length viii+254p., 23cm.