This book is a critical study of the laws regulating landownership patterns. Land and land law are woven into the fabric of our society and are 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 approaches the law from the standpoint of the marginalized, landless and the dispossessed.
- 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: 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
Astha Saxena is an independent research consultant and a doctoral scholar at the National Academy of Legal Sciences and Research, Hyderabad. Her work lies in the field of land reforms. She is exploring the relevance of
legislative paradigms towards the realization of socio-economic rights.