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Letters to the editor

On land Bill

Updated: March 9, 2015 1:21 AM

On land Bill

The proposed amendments to the LARR Act are meant to do away with consent of the farmers before acquisition of their land and the social impact assessment (SIA) for mega-projects. Still the government tries to pull the wool over the people’s eyes by holding that they are not “anti-farmer and anti-poor” and labelling those critical of them as “anti-national”. The invocation of the doctrine of “eminent domain” to dispossess the farmers of their agricultural land in their possession for centuries in order to further the economic interests of the rapacious corporates is the ultimate callousness shown to the tillers of the soil by the state. In the Indian context, the right to life is so interwoven with the right to own the farming land that separating the two would deny the farmers their means of livelihood. It is insulting to the farmers that the government refuses to take them into confidence and fears that they will refuse or withhold consent to land acquisition required for the expansion of “rural infrastructure”. The provisions to do away with the “consent” and SIA clauses are irreconcilable with the promise of “development” for the people of rural India. The sole objective of the Bill, it appears, is to ease the land acquisition for the industry.

G David Milton

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

India-Sri Lanka ties

It appears that the ties between India and Sri Lanka—both countries today have new leaders—could vastly improve in the years to come. In that regard, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Sri Lanka is crucial. We now hope that both the leaders will take steps towards selling the troubling and age-old issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. Only then, as is often remarked, will the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” truly shine.

Bhopal Singh Verma

Gurgaon

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