Land is an important source of identity, symbol of social status and foundation for rural power in India, often carrying significant emotional attachment. With a long history, diverse geography and pluralistic culture, land governance has evolved in India through communal, imperial, feudal, colonial and modern systems, gradually moving towards individualization and conclusive titling.
Forest Department is trying to register the land under their name without paying compensation, alleged owners
Supposed land owners in four upazilas of Panchagarh have been claiming the land that the Forest Department acquired in 1967.
At his speech at the UNCCD summit in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised South-South cooperation and technology solutions, but issues of land ownership dog the ongoing negotiations
Their claims were rejected, raising concerns whether due process was followed