Commons' Policy as Practice

Rita Brara

in Shifting Landscapes

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195673012
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081813 | DOI:
Commons' Policy as Practice

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This chapter argues that the act of translating what were conventionally identified as village pastoral lands in 1947 into a legal, written record in 1955 resulted in distortions that militated against the interests of those who used this resource for pasturage. It rebuilds the processes and practices by which pastoral lands in Rajasthan were gradually released for other uses. The role of the statutory village council (gram panchayat) in disputes concerning grazing lands involving both its constituent villages and the state government is described. The relevance of this analysis for the contemporary context of village livestock-rearers is then outlined. The Board of Revenue restated that the ‘best proof of possession will be a notice issued to the trespasser’ or an entry in the revenue accountant’s inspection record documenting the trespass. The practices of the state were placed in social relationships that modified the nature of statist regulation.

Keywords: village; pastoral lands; Rajasthan; Board of Revenue; gram panchayat; grazing lands; state government; pasturage

Chapter.  9501 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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