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Reading ‘Development’ in a Conflict Zone

Land-grabbing in Kashmir

Pieces of Earth: The Politics of Land-grabbing in Kashmir by Peer Ghulam Nabi Suhail, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp 212, 695.

Peer Ghulam Nabi Suhail’s Pieces of Earth: The Politics of Land-grabbing in Kashmir investigates the spectre of capital in the form of resource exploitation in the disputed territory, that is, the Kashmir Valley. In situating Kashmir in the complex of global land-grabbing studies, the book pinpoints the inadequacy of existing studies to explain land-grabbing in conflict areas, and seeks to construct a framework that can do so. Taking the Kishanganga Hydro Electric Project (KHEP) in Gurez Valley near the Indo–Pak border as a case study, Suhail characterises the land and water used for its construction and power generation as an epitome of land-grabbing in Kashmir. In that, he investigates the implicit politics in its processes, identifies the roles of various actors and beneficiaries, and maps the multifaceted impacts of the resultant dispossession and dislocation.

Delineating the Problem

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Updated On : 17th Aug, 2018
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