28 April 2015
Amending the Land Acquisition Act 2013
The debate
The amendments sought by the NDA's 2015 ordinance to the Land Acquisition Act 2013 continue to dominate news headlines. CPR faculty provide analysis on both sides of the debate:
  • In The Indian Express, Pratap Bhanu Mehta explains how the NDA’s amendments undermine the normative framework of the 2013 UPA bill, which, at least in spirit, attempted to address the deficits of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894.
  • Also in The Indian Express, Namita Wahi talks about the importance of moving beyond the binary political discourse around land acquisition, and addressing the “fear of arbitrary exercise of state power in reshaping property relations in Indian society”.
  • In the The Hindu, Ramaswamy R Iyer explains amendments proposed by the NDA in historical perspective, and argues that a hurried ordinance “virtually repeals” the compromise of the 2013 Act.
  • On the other hand, Rajiv Kumar, writing in The Economic Times, congratulates the NDA for taking what he calls a step in the right direction, and addressing “the much bigger question of modernisation of Indian agriculture”.