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The Land Question in IndiaState, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition$
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Anthony P. D'Costa and Achin Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198792444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198792444.001.0001

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Agrarian Crisis and Accumulation in Rural India

Agrarian Crisis and Accumulation in Rural India

Locating the Land Question within the Agrarian Question

(p.101) 4 Agrarian Crisis and Accumulation in Rural India
The Land Question in India

Arindam Banerjee

Oxford University Press

This chapter critically interrogates the historical trajectories of capitalism and the resolution of the agrarian question therein. The paths of early capitalist development are not possible to replicate in developing countries, more so under contemporary globalization. However, far from the agrarian question being “dead” for these countries, it is all the more relevant within a complex of neo-liberal exploitation of developing world peasantry. The chapter studies the patterns of accumulation under neo-liberalism in Indian agriculture based on primary and secondary data. The accumulation process under agrarian crisis in India illustrates the new delineations within the peasantry and possible alliances against neo-liberalism. This chapter links the agrarian question with that of land and draws insights on the different streams of growing resistance to land acquisition in recent times.

Keywords:   agrarian question, accumulation, Indian agriculture, capitalism, land acquisition, neo-liberalism

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