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Diversion of Land and Displacement in India: Review of Evidence and Issues

Amita Shah
Animesh Kumar
2011

Abstract

One of the important and yet less attended down sides of India’s major stride towards economic development has been displacement of a large number of people from the sociocultural milieu as well as natural resources, critical for their survival. While there is no systematic assessment of the magnitude and the complexities of displacement faced by people in different situations, a rough estimate suggests that nearly 11 to 18 million persons may have been displaced due to various projects of planned development since the 1950s.

The existing literature suffers from absence of a larger picture pertaining to the magnitude, impact and implications of land diversion owing to different types of developmentinduced displacement in different parts of the country. The present paper is an attempt to bridge this gap by reviewing the evidence on diversion of land and displacement; policies and practice; and possible alternatives for addressing the issues of alienation among those already deprived and marginalised from the process of economic development.

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CPRC India Working Paper

ISBN: 81-86641-52-1

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