This book is a comprehensive political economy treatise providing substantial evidences and arguments on various dimensions of land grabbing in a rent seeking society. The broad themes of analysis include areas, such as Khas land, Char land, Enemy and Vested Property, land of indigenous peoples, land under fixed rent leasing and contract farming, women’s inheritance of land, role of civil society and development partners on issues related to land-interest.
It is argued that in order to ensure rights of the poor, landless, marginal, women, and indigenous peoples in the ownership of and access to land─a necessary precondition for true human development in congruence with the spirit of our Constitution─ agrarian-land-aquarian reform is a must. This reform will certainly imply undertaking best endeavors like: distribution of Khas land and Char land to the poor and marginalized people; returning back enemy and vested property; addressing the rightful interest of the indigenous peoples; ensuring women’s right to land; closing the loopholes in land laws to serve the deprived mass and so on.
It is suggested that in order to monitor the status of such reform, among others, a Land Reform Monitoring Mechanism is warranted, for which a Land Reform Development Index has been proposed. This book is a must read for all who wants to learn the essence of things related to Land and Development and are ready to participate in the process of progress mediated through agrarian reform in Bangladesh.
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