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Predatory Capitalism and Legalised Landgrab-Karnataka Land Reforms

Predatory Capitalism and Legalised Landgrab Karnataka Land Reforms Janaki Nair NOT for nothing is Karnataka's chief minister Deve Gowdacontinuously parodied in the Kannada press for having described himself as a 'son of the soil (mannina maga). Our man from Holenarsipur who comes from sturdy peasant stock may not have forsaken his severely simple dress, but may well go down in Karnataka history as the one who did more for capitalist development, and not necessarily agrarian capitalist development, than any of his predecessors. Having moved swiftly to suspend the operation of two sections of the House Rent Control Act, the Deve Gowda government has recently introduced, passed, and, without waiting for presidential sanction, decided to implement amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act of 1961 (which in effect amounts to undoing the amendments introduced by the Devaraj Urs ministry in 1974, widely hailed then, and even now, as one of the more revolutionary land reform measures in the country). And it is a sign of the times, and of the formidable consensus that has been built up for the programme of economic liberalisation that, apart from ritualised opposition to the measure from predictable quarters in the assembly, there has been no large-scale political opposition or unrest in the state. Indeed it is ironic that the dalits, who were among the principal beneficiaries of the 1974 reforms, and are arguably the ones, with the bakcward classes, who will be most seriously affected by the amendments have not shown the same sustained vigour in opposing the act as they recently did in defence of a symbol, i e, during the agitation that demanded the resignation of culture minister Lalitha Naik whose son had desecrated a statue of Ambedkar.

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