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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.

Punjab: Amnesty for Police Officers

The issue of amnesty to police officers charged with human rights violations in Punjab during the days of militancy became a public issue in the context of the assembly elections in the state. The discourse that developed around it posed human rights and national security as contradicting concepts quite overlooking the fact that there exists a common terrain constituted by norms of constitutional democracy and rule of law.
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