ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Implications of Land Acquisition for Dalits

Explorations in Maharashtra

This paper tries to capture the externalities that arise from land acquisition and the consequent development that occurs on the acquired land. A case study of Maan village close to Pune in Maharashtra attempts to see if the externalities arising out of the development of land show a caste bias. While the economic condition of the Dalits remains inferior to the non-Dalits, there is no difference in the benefits that have accrued to the Dalits and the non-Dalits due to the externalities. There has been a positive movement in favour of the Dalits as far as issues related to dignity, discrimination and dependence are concerned. They are mainly dependent upon non-governmental jobs, which give them an escape out of the earlier feudal relations but the kind of jobs that they engage in possibly keeps them frozen in traditional caste identities.

Useful discussions with Anjali Radkar and research assistance by Vivek Gupta are gratefully acknowledged. Funding from CHHS, Savitribai Phule Pune University is gratefully acknowledged.

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