The Land Question in Neoliberal India: Socio-Legal and Judicial Interpretations, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Land Question in Neoliberal India

Socio-Legal and Judicial Interpretations, 1st Edition

Edited by Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly

Routledge India

256 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the land question in neoliberal India based on a cohesive framework focusing on socio-legal and judicial interactions in a point of departure from the political-economy approach to land issues. It sheds light on several complex aspects of land matters in India and evolves a critical and multi-dimensional discourse by mapping out exchanges between social and political actors, the State, elites, citizenry, and the legal battle or judicial interpretations on land as right to property.

Based on the themes of socio-legal policy and perspective on ‘land’ on the one hand and jurisprudence on the land question on the other, the volume discusses topics such as conclusive land titling; urban land governance; governance of forest land; land-leasing practices, policies and interventions from women’s perspective; land acquisition policies and laws; how land matters interface with environment issues; and judicial debates on ‘compensation’ against land acquisitions. It covers a wide range of case studies from all over India by bringing together specialists from across backgrounds.

Comprehensive and topical, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of development studies, political studies, law, sociology, political economy, public policy as also to professionals in NGOs, civil society organisations, thinktanks, planning and public administration, lawyers, civil services and training institutes, and judicial and forest academies. Those working on rural and urban land issues in India, land management, land governance, environmental laws and governance, property rights, resource conflicts, social work and rural development will find this of special interest.

Table of Contents

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Foreword by T. Haque




  1. Introduction
  2. Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly

    PART 1: Socio-Legal and Policy Perspectives on ‘Land’

  3. Approaches and Methods of Land Title Legislation in India: Far from Reality or Close to Ground?
  4. Amlanjyoti Goswami, Deepika Jha and Kaye Lushington

  5. Critical Assessment of Recent Real Estate Regulatory Reforms in Urban Spaces: Whether Trickle-Down Effect is for All?
  6. Ray Sharat Prasad

  7. The Forest Rights Struggle and Redefining the Frontiers of Governance: Dismantling Hegemony, Restructuring Authority and Collectivising Control
  8. C. R. Bijoy

  9. Maharashtra Agricultural Land Leasing Bill 2017: Exploring Opportunities for Landless and Women’s Collectives
  10. Seema Kulkarni and Pallavi Harshe

  11. Customary Rights and Traditional Wisdom: Furthering Land Governance in North-East India
  12. Sonali Ghosh and Chandra Bhushan Kumar

    PART 2: Evolving Jurisprudence on the Land Question

  13. Land Acquisition Law in Neoliberal India: Old Wine in New Bottle?
  14. Rita Sinha

  15. Land Acquisition for Economic Development: A Comparative Analysis of Some Landmark Court Judgments of United States of America and India
  16. Malabika Pal

  17. Neoliberalism, Environmental Protection and Regulation of Land

Shiju Mazhuvanchery


About the Editor

Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly has served as Professor at the Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie; and Nirma University, Ahmedabad India; and as Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. She actively researches on social and developmental issues. Apart from contributions in journals and books, she has edited three academic journals. Among her fourteen publications are: Protest Movement and Citizens’ Rights in Gujarat (2015); Land Rights in India: Policies, Movements and Challenges (2016); Journey towards Land Titling in India (2017); and India’s Scheduled Areas: Untangling Governance, Law and Politics (2019). Her forthcoming publication is Electronic Waste Management in India: Opportunities and Challenges.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
LAW / General
LAW / Land Use
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies