A recent Lancet article reported the first reliable estimates of suicide rates in India. National-level suicide rates are among the highest in the world, but suicide rates vary sharply between states and the causes of these differences are disputed. We test whether differences in the structure of agricultural production explain inter-state variation in suicides rates.

Text of the draft Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Maharashtra) Rules, 2014 released by the Revenue and Forest Department, Maharashtra Government on 19 March 2014.

Using data collected from the evaluation of two government land titling interventions in the Indian state of Odisha, this new IFPRI working paper examines key relationships linking land and livelihood strategies.

India’s sheer size and poverty have meant that addressing the needs of its hundreds of millions of poor and vulnerable citizens has preoccupied Indian policymakers since independence. Unsurprisingly, the mix of strategies, the resulting policy instruments to undergird them and their relative effectiveness have been a matter of contentious debate.

This National Land Reform Policy Draft 2013 formulated by Union Ministry of Rural Development and released on 18 July 2013 suggests a just and equitable method of allotting land on a priority basis to the marginalized, especially marginalized women.

This paper provides an ethnographic account of the changing facets of marginality for the Musahars of Uttar Pradesh. It takes a close look at how their identity is shaped by the resistance of those at the margins, by politics, and by interventions on the part of external agencies. The research deconstructs (i) the everyday resistance of the Musahars, as evident from their songs and poetry; (ii) the talk of state officials and state policies about Musahars; and (iii) the discourse of social activists, organisations and donor agencies.

The panel, headed by Dr Bhumidhar Barman, will submit recommendations to the govt within four months

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has constituted a three-member committee to frame a comprehensive New Land Policy for the entire state. The committee, headed by adviser to chief minister, agriculture, Dr Bhumidhar Barman, would submit recommendations to the government within four months.

This report presents results of analyses of the IFPRI household survey data on various topics that, combined, represent the current food security situation in Bangladesh. Specifically, the study examines how that situation varies between the FTF zone of influence in the southern region and other regions throughout the country.

Going through the data and analysis by Buddhadeb Ghosh the information about 6% of the stated unwilling land­owners holding 36% of the land points ­towards a clear class contradiction. What also contributed to this perception is that during the movement and even in the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, the neglected issue is the question of the fate of landless agricultural labourers, lessee cultivators, i e, the rural poor, who by sheer numbers qualify to be the most adversely affected section in the scenario.

Landless dalits and adivasis have occupied parts of a corporate rubber plantation at Chengara in Kerala for five years. Despite being pressurised in various ways, they have held out, sticking to their demand of land for them to pursue livelihoods. None of the agreements so far reached with the state government has been satisfactorily implemented. Yet, the issues raised by the Chengara struggle have a social and economic significance that no government can afford to ignore.