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Land Law in India

1st Edition

By Astha Saxena

Routledge India

416 pages

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Hardback: 9780367141943
pub: 2019-09-23
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This book is a critical study of the laws regulating land ownership patterns. Land and Land law are woven into the fabric of our society and therefore integral to the substantive questions of equality and developmental ideologies of the state. This volume uncovers the socio- economic realities that surround land and approach the law from the standpoint of the marginalised, landless and the dispossessed.

This book:

  • Undertakes an extensive survey of existing legislations, both at the union and state level through a range of analytical tables;

  • Discusses the issues of land reform; abolition of intermediaries and tenancy reform; need for redistribution; ceilings on agricultural holdings; law of land acquisition; legal construction of public purpose and displacement, dispossession, compensation and rehabilitation to construct a case for redistribution;

  • Inquires into the phenomenon of landlessness that widely prevails in India today and lays bare its causes.

An invaluable resource, this volume will be an essential read for all students and researchers of law, political studies, sociology, political economy, exclusion studies, development studies, and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

Part I: A General Introduction to the Law of Land 1. The Construction of an Indian Right to Property in Land 2. Thematic sketch of Land Laws in the Country 3. Land Reform and its Impact on the Existing Land Tenure System Part II: Law of Land Reform 4. Alteration of the Land Tenure System—Laws relating to Abolition of Intermediaries and Tenancy Reform 5. Law of Land Redistribution 6. Land Administration, Records and Titling Part III: The Law of Land Acquisition 7. Framework of the Law of Land Acquisition and its Inherent Inequity —a Combined Working of Land Reform and Acquisition Law 8. Displacement, Dispossession, Compensation and Rehabilitation in matters of Land Reform and Acquisitions 9. Concluding Remarks—Land Relationships, Landlessness and the Law

About the Author

Astha Saxena is an independent research consultant and a PhD scholar at the National Academy of Legal Sciences and Research, Hyderabad. Her work challenges the peculiar preconceptions of the legal liberalism model and forwards an eclectic critique of law reform that seeks to affect paradigmatic social and economic changes. She assesses some of the foundational concepts of law in the areas of land, adivasi and disability jurisprudence and the process of their reformulation—from the perspective of those who are marginalised in this process of law-making and administration.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Advocacy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies