Sunday, 8 October 2006

Justice by Law

Instruments of Development and Social Justice in India
by Remigius de Souza

The government of India, we have heard, is preparing / pursuing policies and strategies for urban renewal, biotechnology, and biodiversity. There, also, are recent Supreme Court verdicts on mill land in Mumbai, removal of slum dwellers in New Delhi, the height of Narmada Dam and rehabilitation of its oustees – the displaced. The countrywide fall-out of these actions may not be unpredictable. It seems in some cases people at large in the historical context don’t matter as much as the records of ownership of land – the legacy left to us by the British.

The governments, the judiciary and the citizens, not only the experts and planners, need continuing education and refresher courses which also should go through review time to time, in the Indian context, where everything is in flux and moving. How quickly they adopted the electronic and information technologies, and computers!

Now SEZ – Special Economic Zones – are being established, to make land available cheaply – without discrimination if and how it affects the Land, Water and the People, to facilitate the Corporate Sector to start new ventures at massive scale.

Remigius de Souza
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