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Larger Homestead Plots as Land Reform?

Land reform legislation in India, designed to redress issues of poverty and landlessness, has in most cases, suffered from design flaws and a failure of implementation. Land reform efforts are also stymied due to a lack of political will, scarcity of land and resources. Research summarised in this article seeks to offer an innovative and alternative solution, one that involves the provision of amply-sized homestead plots. As experiments in other countries, replicated in certain districts of Karnataka have borne out, such homestead and garden plots hold out the prospect of substantial benefits to poor, rural households, offering them much more than a place to build a house.

Political Economy of 'Middleness'

Behind the tumultuous developments of the recent past in West Bengal, this paper seeks to identify the more durable factors; beneath the violence, the more 'objective' causes operating silently but decisively. These 'objective' factors, it is argued, are the changing agrarian structure of rural West Bengal and, with it, the changing correlation of class forces.
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