The plight of the real commoners because of development (Bhuddh Tarmac)


Residents of the twin villages of Bhatta and Parsaul have suffered immensely as a result of the £130 million Formula One (F1) track which is dubbed’ Bhuddh circuit’. The idea to hold the F1 race in India was to raise their developmental standard which the construction group behind the project claim that ‘It is now safely to say that India has arrived in the 21st century as a force to reckon with’. Development in this sense is debatable and calls for concerns to be voiced out due to the brutality and the circumstances surrounding the project.
Schumpeter and Backhaus defined economic development to incorporate the sustained aptitude which include the raising the living standard of the people within a specified locality such as economic health, increase in literacy rate, helping to build social, economic and human capital and also improvement of infrastructure for the benefit of the people which will also ensure their health and safety. India’s assumption of arriving in the 21st century does not holistically reflect on the actual economic development of a country which the proponents of development theory have stipulated.
The people of the twin villages of Bhatta and Parsaul’s resistance to the building of the tarmac were met with brutality from the government. The villages made headlines in 2010 summer when the police attacked the villagers due to their three months resistance to the building of the tarmac which the villagers claim it will deprive them of their sustainable living and as such it is the lower level commoners who will suffer the most. The villagers were forced to sell their farmlands to the government at very cheap prises for the project to go ahead, their refusal was met with brutality which was involved with according to Manoj Kumar a farmer “the police shooting to wound protesters, going through the villages smashing things up, beating people and assaulting women for them to cower and acquiesced to the unlawful demands of the government. This strategy paid off, the landowners had no option than to sell their land chap to the government”.
This type of development will only be enjoyed by the few rich at the expense of the commoners. Locally the villagers have seen two categories of deprivations as a result of the enclosure of the commons. To the landowners who were forced to sell their lands, they saw it as though unlawful, yet they have to live with whatever they were given to start life elsewhere. Yet on the side of the labourers of the land who had no lands, they were left with nothing, the government did not provide any safety net to ease their pain. Isn’t the government ashamed of calling this brutal act a development which is taking the country into 21st century development? There has been a big gap between the new India with its flamboyant development and the old India with its appalling underdeveloped.
There is no villager who does not want to have the taste of city extravagance, when such a development comes to your village yet there are several uncertainties surrounding its arrival that made the villagers sceptical about it. The villager felt alienated for several reasons which include; even if they are allowed to stay in their villages they are not going to benefit from the prospects of the development, due to the horrible nature of the villages, tourists who will come to visit the Buddh tarmac will not stop at the village nor spend their money there to promote good living standard, also the government did not pay enough money to the landowners let alone the labourers who owns nothing than their labour power.
On the other hand, the project will generate an estimated $170 million dollars and will employ 10,000 workers; the schedule of the race coincides with Diwali festival which has the reputation of high spending among Indians and improves in tourism. The 10,000 people the project employed were to come from skilled and highly skilled background which the people of the villages lack in view of this the workers will have to be outsourced from the cities making the villagers to lose out making them slaves in their own land.


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