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The Economics and Politics of Resettlement in India

by Madhu Bala,Shobhita Jain

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Pearson Education/Longman. First edition. Hardcover. New. Many unresolved questions plague the emotive issue of population displacement caused by development projects. A focused analysis of the processes of resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R)—treated as the key issue in most debates over the politics of development and displacement—is of critical importance today. The struggle for all involved in R&R is finding a balance between the imperatives of development and the rights and needs of the displaced. In the face of an increasingly mobile population and the seemingly unstoppable forces of industrial and infrastructural growth across the developing world, the need for a democratically negotiated, professionally managed and overtly ethical R&R policy and practice is being felt all the more. Such a policy can be developed and perfected on the basis of constant inputs from the ground-level experiences of actual implementation. This, however, necessitates a bracketed, multi-disciplinary and balanced research in the field of R&R policy and practice, one that would lead to informed criticism, analyses and theorization related to development-induced population displacement. This volume is a significant contribution in this direction. Edited by two well-known scholars of development-induced involuntary displacement in India, it brings together fourteen well researched and relevant essays by academics, researchers and practitioners with extensive first-hand knowledge and experience of the R&R processes in India. These essays provide valuable empirical and theoretical insights into R&R practices and experiences from a variety of developmental fields, including road projects, dams, mining, forests, and farmlands. Situating the discourse on R&R in the overall debate about the politics of development, this volume attempts not only to establish the study of R&R as a separate field of inquiry, but also to influence policy implementation in this field. With its extensive coverage and detailed analysis of the key fields of inquiry in R&R, this volume will be an indispensable resource for students, researchers and scholars in the field of development studies, refugee studies and policy studies. It will be a useful guide to policy-makers, NGOs and journalists working in the field of development-induced displacement in India. The volume will also be a valuable reference for students and scholars of economics, sociology, demography and political science. Printed Pages: 320.

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913–2008) was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He was the oldest son of a rice farmer who was also the local mayor. Fukuoka studied plant pathology and worked for number of years as a produce inspector in the customs office in Yokohama. But in 1938 he returned to his village home determined to put his ideas about natural farming into practice. During World War II, he worked for the Japanese government as a researcher on food production, managing to avoid military service until the final few months of the war. After the war, he returned to Shikoku to devote himself wholeheartedly to farming. And in 1975, distressed by the effects of Japan’s post-war modernization, Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution. In his later years, Fukuoka was involved with several projects to reduce desertification throughout the world. He remained an active farmer until well into his eighties, and continued to give lectures until only a few years before his death at the age of ninety-five. Fukuoka is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. In 1988 he received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service. Frances Moore Lappé is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. She has co-founded three organizations, including the Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. In 1987, she received the Right Livelihood Award, also called the “Alternative Nobel.” She has received seventeen honorary doctorates and has been a visiting scholar at MIT.


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