ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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A Ballad of Singur: Progress with Human Dignity

The idea behind the car factory in Singur was one of using market principles of growth to transform a predominantly agrarian society. This idea, envisaged by the state government, failed because it did not take into account the important aspect of the value of land to peasants and the dignity it accorded to them. The opposition to the car factory, on the other hand, never had a concrete alternative in mind and did not understand the necessity for peasants to also benefit from individual progress, a process of development that is possible only through industrialisation.

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