ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Rationalising Dispossession: The Land Acquisition and Resettlement Bills

The rapidly expanding demand for land under India's neoliberal regime has been confronted with a relatively inelastic supply. Farmers and other landholders are unwilling to relinquish their means of production to capitalists. This has led to a proliferation of pitched battles across India against all kinds of land acquisition. The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill (2009) and Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill (2009) therefore need to be examined carefully. The proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act will only facilitate the State's new role as the land broker-in-chief. The Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill will help the Land Acquisition Bill in "rationalising" dispossession by ensuring a more secure and predictable corporate access to land.

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