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Legislating for Justice: The Making of the 2013 Land Acquisition Law

Jairam Ramesh and Muhammad Ali Khan


Land ownership in India has always been a risky proposition. The Land Acquisition Act of 1894 endowed the State with unfettered powers of acquisition. Furthermore, the refusal of the Parliament to recognize the right to own property as a fundamental one had emboldened the State to stake claim on any land it saw fit. However, in the years 2012–2014, the Government of India embarked on an ambitious exercise to rewrite the entire law on land acquisition from scratch. This process saw a radical polarization of public opinion—those who saw acquisition as a necessary tool for India’s development and ... More

Keywords: Land Acquisition, new law, rewriting law, eminent domain, fair compensation, rehabilitation, resettlement, public welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199458998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jairam Ramesh, author
Chair, Future Earth Engagement Committee

Muhammad Ali Khan, author
Advocate, Supreme Court of India