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Raksha Kumar
Freelance Multimedia Journalist
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Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs In Neoliberal India

Modern India is one fifth of the size of the US but has almost five times its population. It is no surprise then that land ownership and dispossession are hot button issues in the country today. The podcast is an interview with Michael Levien, assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Oxford University Press has recently published Levien's first book titled Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India. As a sociologist, Levien has important insights into land struggles in the world's largest democracy as he links it not just with corporate interests, but draws attention to the nexus between corporations and politicians. Clearly, in present day India, the one who owns the land, calls the shots. 

"Historically ubiquitous at least since the 15th century and integral to the rise and consolidation of capitalism, land dispossession has re-emerged as a hot button issue for governments, industries, social movements and researchers."

Therefore, Levien's book is crucial to understand how the future of modern India will be shaped, what its pulls will be and how it will fare in comparison with China, a powerful country with a different conception of private property. 

Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs In Neoliberal India
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