India struggles to construct development paths that generate growth while being socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable. To create inclusive, sustainable, development is a “tricky policy triangle”. While the three goals are interlinked and interdependent in the long term, there are also contradictions and trade-offs. Good solutions inevitably run up against powerful interests. Law – property rights, environmental regulations and rights protection for vulnerable groups figure prominently in efforts by the Indian state to manage the often conflicting challenges of displacement and environmental sustainability. This seminar will focus on analysing these challenges, particularly in the context of Meghalaya.

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