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

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Dynamics of Caste and Landlessness

A Missing Perspective in Urban Development

The effects of land acquisition processes and poor urban planning on Dalits and the marginalised landless population are analysed. How minor changes in laws and policymaking processes can change or prevent future policy issues by addressing landlessness-borne issues in consistency with sustainable development goals and social inclusion is examined. This study aims to understand the complexities and transitory socio-economic problems underlying urban development planning. It finds that poor and marginal landless village residents, who had little to no idea about the land acquired for a public purpose, undoubtedly faced the most unfavourable outcomes in the course of rural to urban development.


In India, land acquisition has always been a controversial issue, resulting in conflicts within social, economic, and political structures. The fundamental land rights of landless citizens have been historically ignored by society through sociocultural practices like the caste system and in contemporary times by governments through ill-conceived policies for urban development. Over time, this has played a significantly negative role in putting landless farmers at a disadvantage on the one hand and creating numerous challenges for future inclusive urban development on the other.

Dynamics of Landlessness and Farmers

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Updated On : 7th Mar, 2021
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