"This book sketches a road map of privatisation, accumulation and dispossession of
communal land in the tribal areas of North East India from pre-colonial times to the
neo-liberal era. Spread over five chapters this study unfolds with the saga of
privatisation of communal land in the backdrop of larger theoretical and historical
canvas. It deals with the different institutional modes of privatisation, accumulation and
dispossession of communal land, the changes in land use and cropping patterns, the changes
in land relations and the land-based identity of the tribal community as a result. The
conclusive chapter makes a broader reflection of the grand narrative of privatisation,
accumulation and dispossessin of communal land in North East India."
1. Theory and History of Land Privatisation
2. Institutional Dispossession of Communal Land
3. The Patterns of Change
4. Land and Identity
5. Whither Communal Land!