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Lost Opportunity in Bihar
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 44, No. 47 (NOVEMBER 21-27, 2009), pp. 12-14
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25663804
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Rural Bihar is being suffocated by the control exercised by the landed gentry who own a disproportionate share of cultivable land and yet have little interest in increasing agricultural production. Those who can and do — the marginal and small peasants — work the land as sharecroppers and have few rights to it. By rejecting the recommendations of the Bihar Land Reforms Commission, the State in Bihar has lost yet another opportunity to reorder production relations through legal means.
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