Land is an important source of identity, symbol of social status and foundation for rural power in India, often carrying significant emotional attachment. With a long history, diverse geography and pluralistic culture, land governance has evolved in India through communal, imperial, feudal, colonial and modern systems, gradually moving towards individualization and conclusive titling.
‘Slum clearance’ or ‘city beautification’ drives accounted for nearly half of the evictions.
Tribals insist that their land is most important and they will vote for those who will ensure that nobody takes their land
In the heart of Maoist stronghold of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, nationalism is not a vote catcher.
Tribals like Bheema Mandavi (35), claim that their right over land is the main poll issue.
Another election is upon us, and we are preoccupied with some matters that are grave and many that are not. But noticeable by its absence in any of the manifestos and declarations by political parties is a debate about the future of human civilisation.