Skip to main content

Demand to return land acquired from Gujarat farmers and handed over to industrialists: Apex Curt order fallout

Tata Nano factory off agricultural land in Gujarat
By Our Representative
The Supreme Court judgment to hand over Tata Nano land, acquired by West Bengal's Left government in 2006, to the farmers (click HERE) is all set to trigger similar demands being made in Gujarat. The Khedut Samaj, Gujarat (GSK), has fired the salvo by declaring that the BJP government has been acting almost in the same way as the Left had a decade ago, indiscriminately acquiring land for “public purpose.”
In a communique, GKS said, the “Gujarat government is not an exception from greed and shortsightedness”, with the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), a state government agency, having acquired “thousands of acres of land in Gujarat, only to hand it over to industrialists.”
GKS has further said, the land in a large number of cases has remained unutilized, adding, with the latest Supreme Court judgment it is clear that all this was done to help the private corporate houses in Gujarat, too, and as the Supreme Court judgment says, illegally. “The judgment exposes the government-corporate nexus, smacking of conspiracy of land grab”, it added.
Asking the farmers to come forward and start the process of "regaining" their land thus acquired and lying unutilized, as they did in West Bengal, Sagar Rabari, who leads the KSG, said, “The unutilized land was sometimes acquired in the name irrigation projects, sometimes by the GIDC, and sometimes for private industrial houses under the public purpose garb.”
Pointing out that the KSG is ready to take up the cause of the farmers, the communique said, “It is time farmers woke up and unite and ask the state government to return their unutilized land. If the farmers demand their land back, KSG will provide them required guidance and help, including filing cases in courts.”
Calling the Supreme Court verdict “historic”, KSG said, it is not an isolated case. “In the Greater Noida case, the land handed over to the builders by the UP government was also ordered to be returned to the farmers”, it added.
Talking to Counterview, Rabari said, “If the farmers of Sanand, about 12 km from Ahmedabad, are ready to come forward to demand their land back, KSG would surely support their cause.”
He added, “While the state government gave over most of the land to the Nano factory in Sanand from its huge plot of the Anand Agricultural University in Sanand, roughly 60 farmers were also adversely affected, as their land was acquired by the GIDC in the same way as the Weste Bengal Industrial Development Corporation did for Nano in 2006.”
Following the agitation led by Mamta Banerjee, then in the opposition, against land acquisition in 2006 for the Tata Nano small car factory, Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Group, decided to shift the factory to Gujarat after then chief minister Narendra Modi offered Tata soft loan of Rs 20,000 crore to transfer the unit to Gujarat.
“While in West Bengal it was WBIDC, in Gujarat it is GIDC”, noted Rabari, adding, “Both have operated almost in the same way.” It is not just the Tata Nano to whom the acquired land was handed over in Gujarat, Rabari said, adding, “A similar policy has been adopted for acquiring land in Jamnagar for Reliance and Essar, and for Adanis in Kutch.”
“Land was similarly acquired in Kevadia Colony to build the Sardar Sarovar dam on river Narmada way back in 1970s”, Rabari said, adding, “Now that the dam is near completion, the government is thinking of putting up a tourism project there. The tribals there are agitating, want their unutilized land back. Same is the case with the Dharoi dam, whose acquired land for the colony is lying idle, as nobody lives in there. It should be given back to farmers.”
Giving an example of how the Gujarat government has been treating farmers, Rabari said, “The Narmada canal network near Ahmedabad was to pass through the Jundal-Chandkheda area. A huge tract of land was acquired from 80-odd farmers."
"However", he added, "Because of pressure of urbanization, the canal's location was shifted one-and-a-half kilometres away the city – at Sughad village near Adalaj. The acquired land remains unutilized. Yet, as the state government doesn't want to part with the land to hand it over its earlier owners, farmers,  because the land prices have shot up drastically."

Comments

Sagar Rabari said…
Well said Rajivbhai.
Dipak Dholakia said…
As far as farmers were concerned The Marxist government in Wb and the BJP government in Gujarat did not behave differently. India has seen only one continuous government since 1991 though Prime Ministers have changed. Time for people to draw their own agenda and compel political parties to accept and implement it.

TRENDING

Savarkar 'criminally betrayed' Netaji and his INA by siding with the British rulers

By Shamsul Islam* RSS-BJP rulers of India have been trying to show off as great fans of Netaji. But Indians must know what role ideological parents of today's RSS/BJP played against Netaji and Indian National Army (INA). The Hindu Mahasabha and RSS which always had prominent lawyers on their rolls made no attempt to defend the INA accused at Red Fort trials.

Did Netaji turn blind eye to Japanese massacre while in Andaman during World War-II?

Dr Diwan Singh Kalepani museum off Chandigarh By Rajiv Shah  Did Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose ignore the massacre carried out by the Japanese army in Andaman and Nicobar islands during the Second World War? It would seem so, if one goes by the account of Mohinder Singh Dhillon, who authored a book in memory of his father, 'A Titan in the Andamans, Dr Diwan Singh Kalepani'. Dr Diwan Singh was tortured to death by the Japanese soldiers in the cellular jail in Andaman in 1944.

Sweden-backed study: India won't achieve 2030 UN goals, officials can't recognise SDG

By Rajiv Shah  A Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)-sponsored study, carried out by the advocacy group Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) India, seeking to analyse the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No 12, Responsible Consumption and Production (RCP), has regretted, it is "very unlikely" India will achieve any of the targets of SDG 12 by 2030 "unless some serious measures are taken by the government to reverse the present trend."

Savarkar 'opposed' Bhagat Singh's, Netaji's dream of India, supported British war efforts

By Shamsul Islam* In a shocking development, the student wing of the RSS put the busts of martyrs Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose with Savarkar's on one pedestal at the University of Delhi late in the night on August 20, 2019. Bhagat Singh sacrificed his life for a socialist-democratic-secular republic and Netaji raised Azad Hind Fauj (INA) consisting of people of all religions and regions for armed liberation of India.

Why Church in India today needs a Rutilio Grande, martyred for stance on social justice

By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ*  For the people of El Salvador, January 22, 2022 will be more than just a red-letter day. Three of their sons, Jesuit Fr Rutilio Grande and his two lay associates 72-year-old Manuel Solorzano and 15-year-old Nelson Rutilio Lemus (and Italian Franciscan missionary Fr Cosme Spessotto who was also martyred) will be beatified in San Salvador.

Modi's Gujarat 'ignores' India's biggest donor of Azad Hind Fauj, Dhoraji's Habib Sheth

By Dr Hari Desai* One surely feels happy that the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is being installed near the India Gate in New Delhi. Every Indian and even Netaji’s 79-year-old daughter Prof Anita Bose Pfaff feels happy about the statue at the most important area of the capital. In an interview with an Indian TV, Anita, who is a German citizen, mentions that she thinks if not Netaji’s only Mahatma Gandhi’s statue should have been there. She may be aware that there existed a plan to install life-sized statue of the Father of the Nation at that place.  Even after differences with Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel which led Netaji to leave the Indian National Congress, Bose was the first person to call Mahtma Gandhi Father of the Nation on July 6,1944 in his Ragoon Radio broadcast, and sought Bapu’s blessings as the Supreme Commander of the Indian National Army (INA). Till 1968 there was statue of King George V at India Gate. It was removed and placed in the Coronation Park, New Del

'Dargah site was a temple': Claim in Gujarat following post-Babri verdict demands in UP

By Rajiv Shah  Will Gujarat also see demands to replace mosques and dargahs with Hindu temples? It would seem so, if a new fact-finding team conclusion is any indication. Apprehending the “danger” of communal conflagration, it has cited the claim on a 15th century dargah was originally a Hindu temple – allegedly quite on line with what has been happening in UP following the Supreme Court verdict on Babri Mosque.

Swami Vivekananda's views on caste and sexuality were 'painfully' regressive

By Bhaskar Sur* Swami Vivekananda now belongs more to the modern Hindu mythology than reality. It makes a daunting job to discover the real human being who knew unemployment, humiliation of losing a teaching job for 'incompetence', longed in vain for the bliss of a happy conjugal life only to suffer the consequent frustration.

Is it time to celebrate India's 'improved' sex ratio? Reasons to question NFHS data

By Aditi Chaudhary*  The recently published National Family Health Survey (NFHS) factsheet brought cheers amongst the public and the government. With Child Sex ratio (number of females per 1000 males in the age group 0 - 6 years) and overall sex ratio (the total number of females per 1000 males), both showing an improvement, NFHS-5 (2019-21) got applauded by all around.

Stop harassment, release Kashmir rights defender Khurram Parvez: Global NGO

By Our Representative  Ahead of his hearing on January 21, 2022, CIVICUS , a global civil society alliance with more than 10,000 members worldwide, has called upon the Government of India to “immediately and unconditionally” release human rights defender Khurram Parvez. “The judicial harassment he is facing highlights the repressive environment for activists and critics in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir”, it said in a statement.