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.
Land governance disputes dominate civil and criminal cases in India
The Indira Gandhi award for national integration has been awarded to Gandhian Rajagopal P V., founder and President of Ekta Parishad, a federation of 11,000 community based organizations and thousands of individual membersworking for the land and livelihood rights of India’s most marginalized communities - tribals, dalits, nomadic communities, agricultural labourers, as well as small and marginal farmers.
By Roshni Sen 14 August 2015
When I was 17 years old and getting ready to go to university, the majority of Indian girls my age were preparing for an entirely different event — their marriages. Even now, three decades later, most girls in rural India are pulled out of school and married, quite often against their wishes, before they are old enough to vote.