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This book undertakes a critical analysis of the transformation of presumptive nature of land records and ownership to a conclusive land title regime while focusing on its legal and institutional context along with its relevance to Indian realities. The book examines the impact of the concerted policy push under the National Land Records Modernization Programme on diverse land tenure system of the country by deploying a variety of primary sources to correlate it with the changing requirements of economic policy.
In this bold new book, a civil servant with years of experience in land governance painstakingly traces a land regime in transition. He goes past the headlines to place the shift from land reform to land titling within India’s changing politics and political economy. Concern for social justice and the poor is writ large in this impassioned account as Dr Nayak interrogates who wins and who is set to lose as India liberalizes and modernizes its land regime.
Treading a delicate path of expositing the political economy of India’s turn away from redistributive land reforms to achieving techno-managerial efficiency through land titling, Dr Nayak, like no one else thus far, has laid bare the trappings of neoliberal designs that undermine the pre-existing nature–society relationship of an intrinsically pluralistic people.