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Regimes of Dispossession

Mass privatisation and monetisation of public assets will push the country into yet another crisis.

Neo-liberal Transformations and the Challenges of Governing India

Neo-liberal Strategies of Governing India by Ranabir Samaddar, Delhi: Routledge India, 2016; pp xviii + 334, ₹ 1,095.

Making of Amaravati

This paper examines Amaravati, the proposed greenfield capital of the bifurcated Andhra Pradesh state, against the backdrop of the rise of urban mega-projects across Asia, and the tendencies towards land speculation they have unleashed in Indian cities. It offers a critique of the land pooling mechanisms as they have played out on the ground in the affected villages. It argues that voluntary land pooling on such a large scale has been made possible through a coordinated use of coercive tactics and legal measures, including the land ordinance of the Government of India, which was re-promulgated three times and provided a credible fallback in the AP government's dealings with farmers. Land pooling also facilitated a regime of co-option with absentee landowners aligning, on caste lines, with the ruling party.

The Neo-liberal City

Accumulation by Dispossession: Transformative Cities in the New Global Order edited by Swapna Banerjee-Guha (New Delhi: Sage), 2010; pp 256, Rs 695.
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