Anthony D’Costa edited volume on the Land Question in India

Professor Anthony P. D’Costa, Chair and Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies and the Director of the Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne, Australia, recently published a highly interesting book along with Prof. Achin Chakraborty, Director for the Institute of Development Studies in Kolkata. The edited volume is entitled ”The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition” (Oxford University Press, 2016). It illustrates land-related developmental issues in India, covering the historical and contemporary role of land in economic development, the legal and institutional dimensions of dispossession, and multiple regional perspectives of dispossession and development. More information.
Anthony D’Costa was earlier the A.P. Möller-Mærsk Foundation Professor in Indian Studies and Research Director at the Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and before that, he was with the University of Washington for 18 years. He is the author or editor of twelve books on global steel, Indian automobile and IT industries, globalization, development, innovations, industrial restructuring, and global capitalism. Other recent publications (as editor or author or co-author) include Changing Contexts and Shifting Roles of the Indian State: New Perspectives on Development Dynamics (forthcoming at Springer); International Mobility, Global Capitalism, and Changing Structures of Accumulation: Transforming the Japan-India IT Relationship (Routledge, 2016); After Development Dynamics: South Korea’s Engagement with Contemporary Asia (Oxford University Press, 2015); and Transformation and Development: The Political Economy of Transition in India and China (Oxford University Press, 2012).
During a visit to Kolkata for a conference in late October 2017, Prof. D’Costa was interviewed by Arjun Sen for the web journal The article is entitled ”The Current Government does not Believe in Consulting with Stakeholders”, and contains criticism of the New India after the 1991 reforms and subsequent developments. D’Costa argues that India’s development fate is pretty grim with no clear or easy solutions to the problem of unemployment and underemployment. He predicts that despite a relatively fast rate of economic growth, vast swathes of the population will continue to wallow in poverty and impoverishment. Read the article.