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This book is with a mission: to arouse the conscience of the world community to the indiscriminate and avoidable pain and impoverishment of the people who are helpless to fight the forces which engulf them in this world. With the urge to compete and keep up with the pace of development, the Third World countries are ready to entail heavy sacrifices in the interest of the nation at large. But what is neglected meanwhile is the involuntary displacement of huge population for what is considered, national development. Chapter one further discusses about the very cause of the displacement, high lighting the environmental, social and human costs of the same on the oustees. Chapter two presents the country (Indian) synthesis and discusses how real the impoverishment risks are in the local scenario, post-colonial era. A formal discussion on the laws involving policies introduced by the government and local legislature governing the resettlement, by the author helps understand the legislative involvement and ideologies during that period. In the next chapter, the author tells about the multiple impoverishment risks of the tribal oustees and suggests alternatives for the risk management which would thus help the tribal oustees regain their self-confidence, self-esteem and their capacity for self-management in the rehabilitated colonies. Also the chapter raises the question as to how far the compensation, employment education and rehabilitation are effective. The last chapter discusses the concept of Resettlement and Rehabilitation from a Human Rights Perspective. It is believed that human rights approach is based on the notion of equality and hence how far such a developmental goal would go beyond the conventional development policy and if IPR for life forms and genetic resources would guarantee adequate long term gains.


About the Author

L.K. Mahapatra, (b. 1929) Dr. Phil. (Hamburg) has been the Chairman, (2003-2006) Nabakrushna Chaudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar. A former Vice-Chancellor of Utkal and Sambalpur Universities, Professor Mahapatra has had a long academic career since 1953 in research and teaching at Universities in India and he has been a Visiting Professor at Hamburg University. He has also been a National Fellow of ICSSR, New Delhi, and the Ford Foundation Fellow for research, and UGC National Lecturer in 1970-71 and 1983-84. A recipient of national and professional awards, he is an Emeritus Professor in India in Social Anthropology and a Social/Cultural Historian and Folklorist. He has published papers in India and abroad (in books by the UNESCO and The World Bank, Greenwood Press and Macmillan Press, Mouton Press, the Hague/Paris and ICSSR etc.) on tribes, tribal development, health and nutrition, temples, rituals, caste system, princely states, village, forest ecology, social movements, human rights and development-impacted deprivation, etc. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of World Cultures and to the World Survey of Muslim Peoples as also to the Asiatic Society’s Encyclopedia Asiatica on all the Southeast Asian countries. He had been a Consultant to the UNESCO (1979) and The World Bank (1985-96) and Director of many research projects in India. His latest books are: Tribal Development in India: Myth and Reality (1994), Resettlement, Impoverishment and Reconstruction in India: Development for the Deprived (1999), State, Society and Religion-Culture Historical Comparative Perspectives of South Asia (2003), Pople and Cultural Traditions of Odisha: Civilization, Society and World View (2005), Gods, Kings and the Caste : System in India and other Essays (2010), Swidden Peasantry in Indonesia (2011) which is based on field research in Sumbawa, Indonesia, Tribal Peasantry in Bonai Hills (2012).

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