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Singur - 1

Buddhadeb Ghosh (“What Made the ‘Unwilling Farmers’ Unwilling? A Note on Singur”, EPW, 11 August 2012) has made important observations that help us understand the Singur story better. However, I find some of his arguments problematic.

The first problem is that he argues that 78% of the owners did not have any problem with the car company coming up; they took the compensation, so they were in favour of the industry. I find this an overstatement and oversimplification. We do not know, for example, how many of the 13,491 owners of 997 acres of land were actually associated with land for their livelihoods. Second, we also do not know how many persons decided to take the compensation under compulsion.

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