Oxford Department of International Development; Wolfson College

Landscapes of liberalisation

The ‘great land grab’ occupies centre stage in debates on Indian political economy today. This project explores the politics of the ongoing rapid and highly contested conversion of agricultural, forest, coastal and pastoral land for industrial and commercial purposes, which are geared towards serving the new economy. It aims to highlight the tug over natural resources in India, the alliance between the state and big business that is facilitating land liberalisation, and the dilemma of balancing the interests of a few in a growing economy with those of the many in a flourishing democracy.