Thursday, July 26, 2012

30 July 2012: The Price of Land: Acquisition, Conflict, Consequence

Sanjoy Chakravorty
Temple University

Land acquisition for industry and infrastructure has become a source of major conflict in the last half decade in India. Sites like Singur, Nandigram, Niyamgiri, and Maha Mumbai, and phenomena like the Maoist insurgency are well-known. Some believe that land acquisition is the “biggest problem” in India’s growth path. It is a central political issue in several states. A new land acquisition bill with serious long-term consequences is making its way through parliament. This book asks: What are the facts about land acquisition and the related conflicts? How did the situation reach the current impasse? What are the ways forward?

The explanations are organized around three core themes: the price of land, the role of the state, and changes in land and information markets. The first section is an extensive survey of reality—of land acquisition conflicts (emphasizing selected notorious conflicts), land prices, and agents in the land acquisition process (emphasizing the role of civil society and political parties). The second section explains the origins of the conflicts and the role of the state, especially through the contradictions between the “giving” state (which does land reforms) and the “taking” state (which acquires land). The final section is an analysis of the reality of land markets in contemporary India, especially the rapid rise in the price of urban and rural land, and a critique of the emerging legal and policy approaches to resolving the crisis.

Date: July 30, 2012
Time: 01:00 P.M.

Second Floor Conference Room
The World Bank,
70 Lodi Estate,
New Delhi-110003(INDIA)


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