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How Common is Commons: Political Economy of Wasteland Development

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Gupta, Anil K.
Conference: Seminar on Control of Drought, Desertification and Famine, India International Centre
Location: New Delhi
Conf. Date: May 17-18, 1986
Date: 1986
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1123
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): common pool resources
land tenure and use
political economy
Abstract: "The so-called 'uncultivated half' has received attention of Aid Agencies, Planners and Environmentalists to a great extent in recent past. For many, it is a wasted opportunity and hence a wasted land. Vandana Shiva (EPU XXI, 15, 1986) has raised some very relevant issues with regard to the official policy far wasteland development programme. However, while the over-all thrust of her argument is quite acceptable, there are certain inadequacies with regard to the conceptualisation of the problem and consequent search for the alternatives. I will first summarise some of the key points she makes and then present my arguments in the context of the recent lobbying pursued by FICCI, International Aid Agencies and concerned citizens within our country."

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