Indian country

There’s an interesting article on the operation of land markets, compulsory purchase etc. in India in the FT today. Here’s a flavour of it and how it concludes:

“The existential question India faces is: what is a public purpose that justifies a democratic government forcibly taking land from farmers? Is it a factory? Is it real-estate development? Is it a Formula One race track?” says Mr Levien. “That is a political question. There is nothing inevitable about it. The question is: what is the meaning of development? Who gets the benefit and who pays the cost?”

Sounds pretty familiar to me.

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