ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Commons Policy as Process-The Case of Rajasthan, 1955-1985

This article argues that the act of translating what were common grazing lands by usage into a legal, written record through a settlement in Rajasthan led to distortions that militated against the interests of those who were dependent on its produce. Since the settlements were between unequals in political power, the juridical land-use categories grafted on common lands often became impositions. Also, the provisions of four interconnected acts that have a bearing on the subject are often mutually inconsistent. And the pre-eminence of the state in determining land-use is neither supported by principles of jurisprudence nor warranted by the commitment to help the landless.

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