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Hello Washington: Industrialization & Acquisition of Farm Lands


Our topic in today’s Hello Washington -- Industrialization and land acquisition of agricultural land is a controversial issue not only in India but in many parts of the world. Our distinguished guest is Anjan Basu, editor of Dainik Pratidin in Kolkata.

Many farmers are slated to lose their land in Singur, where India's Tata Group is building a car factory.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee led demonstrations to protest acquisition of farmland. Demonstrations continued for a long time and violence ensued. However, this is an issue that is not limited to Singur.

Audience asked questions about how farmers can be fairly compensated, why barren land instead of arable land are not used for industrialization etcetera?

Asim Chakrabarti conducted the show.

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