From Corporate Land Grab To Land Sovereignty (Bhu Swaraj)

By Vandana Shiva

“There is a sacred tie between the tiller and the land. Any attempt to snap the relationship is bound to face opposition”. – P. Chidambaram Finance Minsiter

India’s Finance Minister Mr. Chidambaram is not a friend of farmers or a friend of the earth. He is committed to the neoliberal ideology. Yet even he has had to speak out against the corporate land grab of India’s small farms through the creation of Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) and FDI in real estate. Every place where land is being acquired to create islands of luxury and lawlessness, land wars have erupted. From Kalinganagar to Dadri, from Singur to Nandigarm the force of arms and ammunition in the hands of the police force is being used to assault and kill innocent farmers and tribals defending their land rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, through democratic means, also guaranteed by the Constitution.

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