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The Economics and Politics of Resettlement in India by Madhu Bala, Shobhita Jain

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Chapter 8

Implementation of Economic Rehabilitation Plan

B.K.D. Raja

Introduction

Development entailing building of infrastructure induces involuntary displacement. Every year about 10 million people are displaced involuntarily due to infrastructure development in the traditional sectors alone. Displacement, rehabilitation and resettlement are mostly by compulsion not by choice. Compared to voluntary displacement, involuntary resettlement throws up many intractable problems of adaptation and coping. The displacement is not merely spatial. It invariably brings about a permanent uprooting and dismemberment of the webs of social, moral and economic life built over generations. The trauma of those uprooted can never be explained, but has to be experienced. ...

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