A Village Awaits Doomsday

From Penguin Classics India:

A Village Awaits Doomsday

Millions of people are displaced every year by development schemes such as the construction of dams, national parks, factories, SEZs, mines and thermal power plants. The conflict between those who are forced to part with their land and those who reap benefits from the projects is getting fiercer.

In A Village Awaits Doomsday, Jaideep Hardikar brings us the personal stories of ordinary people from across the country displaced and made destitute by innumerable government and private initiatives. Apart from providing vivid accounts of individual experiences, he analyses the reasons why people protest, the laws that governments use to displace them, the existing rehabilitation and resettlement policies, and the latest debates over the land acquisition process.

Hardikar’s writing is evocative, the stories haunting and his book timely and important.

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About the Author

Jaideep Hardikar is a Nagpur-based journalist, currently working with the Telegraph as the central India correspondent. He began his reporting career with Lokmat Times in April 1997 and has subsequently worked with the Hitavada and DNA, Mumbai. He has won several fellowships and awards, including the Sanskriti Award for young journalists in 2003 for his reportage on rural issues. In 2009, he travelled to the United States of America under the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship programme and worked with Sun Sentinel in South Florida. For more than a decade, Hardikar has reported extensively from Vidarbha on farmer suicides and the cotton crisis. This book was born of his travels under the K.K. Birla Foundation Media Fellowship in 2001. 
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