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Mining Policy and Undermining Politics

The judgment of the Supreme Court in Prafulla Samantra and Anr v Union of India and Others (Writ Petition (civil) No 194/2014) on 2 August 2017, asking the mine leaseholders to deposit penalty with Odisha government for the benefits of tribals and area development for illegal mining in violation of...

BJP’s Appropriation of Castes in Odisha

In the last budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley surprised the people of Odisha with the following announcement: “Two hundred years ago, in 1817, a valiant uprising of soldiers led by Buxi Jagabandhu (Bidyadhar Mohapaptra) took place in Khurdha, Odisha. We will commemorate the same...

Of Brokered Livelihoods and Chopped Hands

The recent horrific incident of 16 December 2013 involving the chopping off of the hands of two young migrant bonded labourers from Kalahandi and Bolangir districts of south-western Odisha for their escape from the clutches of the labour mafia and contractors underlines the failure of the...

Policy Shifts in Land Records Management

The National Land Records Modernisation Programme’s objectives cannot be understood in isolation from the broader policies of economic and governance reform. The shifts in the policy objectives of computerisation and updating of land records must be seen in the light of the “rightward drift in Indian politics” of the Indian state and its virtual abandonment of the state-led land reform measures. The possibility of radical land reforms appears remote as the policy objective is to provide secure land title and property rights for facilitating the growth of the land market.
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