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Beyond Compulsory and Acquisition: The Land Development Approaches in India and China

18 Mar 2020
Dr. HUANG Yinghong
Venue: Seminar Room, ICS
Time: 3:00 PM

Abstract

The problems of land development in India and China can be partly inscribed to the hegemony of compulsory land acquisition by the state over other approaches. The latter have been marginalized and thus deprived of adequate attention for their potentials to provide alternatives to the dominant LA model. In this article, a matrix formulated by two dimensions, participation and benefit-sharing, is developed and applied to categorize both the dominant practice and the sporadic experiments. It holds that the paradigm of land acquisition as the prevailing model for land development should be broken. Various development models are applicable under thoughtful examination of the purposes, the profitability of projects and the local social capitals. Multiple land development approaches do exist in both countries, but legal support and more flexible land development framework should be created and sustained for more inclusive development in either country.

About the Speaker

Dr. HUANG Yinghong received his B.A. from Xiamen University, China, and M.A. & Ph.D from Sun Yat-sen University, China.

Dr. HUANG Yinghong has taught in the School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen University from 2010 till 2019. In addition, he was a visiting scholar in Harvard Yenching Institute (2017-2018), a senior visiting scholar at Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore (2014), and a visiting scholar at Jadavpur University (2015), Delhi University (2008&2011), Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (2013). He as well served as an emerging scholar in India-China Institute of the New School University (2014).

Dr. HUANG’s scholarly interests include Gandhian Satyagraha, comparative political studies of India and China, and India-Sino relations. His recent publications include a book of “the Politics to convert Opponent: A case study of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha Fastings” (in Chinese), and several academic articles. He is a co-editor of a translation project (with Prof. SHANG Quanyu), namely the “Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi”, which is going to be published in mainland China. Moreover, his major ongoing research is the project of “land acquisition and the development in India and China”. He has several publications for the land acquisition issues in the journals including the China Report recently.

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