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Seeking Middle Ground: Land, Markets, and Public Policy

Sanjoy Chakravorty and Amitendu Palit


Land is a subject of great conflict and debate in India. Over the past decade, the debate has focused on land acquisition, which some have called India’s ‘biggest problem’. Land and the issues related to its acquisition have heavily influenced electoral verdicts and political fortunes in various parts of India. At the core of the debate are serious issues of justice and history intertwined with politics and economics. These debates over land are already prominent in contemporary India and are expected to become even more so in the coming decade given the anxieties over rural distress and the p ... More

Keywords: market, land, social justice, poverty and displacement, land reform, Land Acquisition in India, credit potential, GST and Land

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199495450
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199495450.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanjoy Chakravorty, editor
Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University and Visiting Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania

Amitendu Palit, editor
Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead Trade and Economic Policy, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

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Part I The Challenge of Land

3 Debating Land

Ronojoy Sen

4 Land Acquisition in India

Sanjoy Chakravorty1

Part II A Variety of Land Markets

Part III A Range of Land Policies

9 Land Market Distortions in India

K.P. Krishnan, Venkatesh Panchapagesan, and Madalasa Venkataraman*

11 Towards a Market for Land in India

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee

12 Land in India

Amitendu Palit*