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Enabling the Great Goan Land Grab

The Goa Requisition and Acquisition of Property Bill, 2017 and the Goa Compensation to the Project Affected Persons and Vesting of Land in the Government Bill, 2017 are the latest additions to the state government’s arsenal of legal tools to facilitate acquisition and conversion of land within the state, while insulating itself from any consequence of “environmental justice.” This follows a national trend of deploying legal language and institutions to support an aggressive approach towards appropriation of land assets.

Development Deadlocks of the New Indian State

The new Indian state is a relocated state, not a retreating one. This comment on Kanchan Chandra's article "The New Indian State: The Relocation of Patronage in the Post-Liberalisation Economy" (EPW, 10 October 2015) says that it is also a state that struggles to realise its new development agenda.

Mopa Airport Woes

A proposed new airport in North Goa has brought to the fore the old North Goa–South Goa feud. With the current Bharatiya Janata Party government determined to make the project a success, they could ride roughshod over concerns, environmental as well as political.

The Importance of Caste in Bengal

Whether caste emerges as a relevant category in the politics of West Bengal depends crucially on how one defines "politics" and how one studies it. A response to Praskanva Sinharay, "A New Politics of Caste", EPW, 25 August 2012.

Land, Law and Resistance

So far neither the law nor the courts have been of much use to the victims of forced expropriation of land. From the point of view of subaltern agency, the Land Acquisition Bill may well end up making only little, if any, difference. What has worked so far has been the skilful integration of a multiplicity of subaltern strategies into a broad repertoire of contention that has included agitation, confrontation, mediation, violence and, not least, party politics.
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