ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Development and Displacement

The article is concerned with the process through which agrarian land is acquired to build up infrastructure, industries and various services, in the process displacing people from their traditional occupations and livelihood. In particular, the focus is on the recent strife in West Bengal over such acquisition. The article argues that while such acquisition is necessary for industrialisation, which in turn is absolutely essential for the long-run development of West Bengal, its success depends crucially upon a well thought out compensation and rehabilitation programme, which has so far been seriously lacking in the state.

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