Fr Lancy Lobo of the Centre for Culture and Development in Vadodara has been studying development and displacement in Gujarat since Independence.
report entitled "Development-Induced Displacement in Gujarat
1947-2004, co-authored with Shashikant Kumar, shows 4,00,000 households displaced in 57 years of Independence; this means that 5 per cent of the State's population was affected by developmental projects.
says that a study of 80,000 Gazette notifications of the Government of Gujarat
and files from Land Acquisition Departments from 25 Collectorates shows that 33,00,000 hectares of land was acquired in this period.
says that despite all his
bravado, 2002 "still haunts" Modi.
feels there is "a strange understanding" between Modi
and the Congress, and this seems to be helping Modi
consolidate his position further.