Original Land acquisition act was brought into force by the then British India Government in 1894. In fact law was a blue print of the Land acquisition act implemented in Ireland by the British to grab land from Irish people.
This law was applied by the British on Indian farmers as Land Acquisition act of 1894 and ironically continued by the Governments of India later up to 2013. It may be recalled that first decision of Indian Government that sworn in after India became a Republic was “ abolition of Zamindaris “, under the slogan of Land to the tillers. It may be a ploy to counter Communist influence on general public. Abolition of Zamindaris has had dramatic effect on the Indian society. People who were treated as tenants by zamindars and Rajas were freed from the yokes of zamindars and people got ownership rights. However, Land acquisition act continued to be used by the Government to acquire land under the act in case of need. As the land thus acquired was used for the public purpose there were no qualms about the same.
And Land Ceiling act of 1973 was aimed at big farmers in a view to distribute the land to marginal farmers but it did not reached its aim.
And It is interesting to note that Janasangh ( Janata Government ) and Communists joined hands to take away the fundamental right of people over their land in 1978. Even though it runs against fundamental " right to profession " guaranteed under Article 14 of constitution of India.
New land acquisition act was brought into force in 2013 has given a respite to the farmers by providing for consent of 70% of farmers and some compensation for the farmers.
Now BJP wants to nullify the amendments brought in 2013. That means BJP wants to take us to 120 years back by turning the clock back. It should be noted that because of this land grabbing law Ireland saw historical peasant uprisings that lead to freedom of Ireland from the hegemony of England in 1921. Between 1890 and 1920 about 10 Lakh Irelanders migrated to America to evade persecution and death by England. Now BJP wants to turn the clock back to a whopping 120 Years. Let us see what is store for Indians in times to come.
The above letter/comment is written by me on 10.3.15 in the DailyO in reaction to the article,""
New Land Acquisition Bill turns land reform on its headThe new Act is all about grabbing land from the tiller.by ARUN FERREIRA AND VERNON GONSALVES
Who prepared the Land acquisition ordinance ? Is Modi's Cabinet not party in the preparation of Ordinance ? Is it solely done by BJP under the guidance of the US ? Let us see that Modi is not allowed to sit in Delhi by his party. He is always on the run from Delhi and busy visiting satellite countries of US. Meek Modi can do nothing on his own. Modi is just like Mute Manmohan or Grey matter less Rajiv.
10 days ago
the above letter is written by me on 1.3.15 in response to the news item in TOI, "If Land Acquisition Bill is anti-farmer, we will change it: PM Modi" , Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that "if there is anything against farmers in Land Acquisition Bill, the government is ready to change it".Times of India
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