INDIAN’S FIGHT FOR THEIR COMMONS – “LAND” AND RESOURCES, IF THEY WIN, AN ESTIMATED 400 MILLION PEOPLE MAY BE ELEVATED FROM POVERTY.

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Commons are resources that are owned or shared in communities such as water or land (Berry, 2005) http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles/commons_as_ideas.
It is understood and recognised that the world has moved from the traditional idea of “commons” as natural resources. Anything that can be held in common by a group of people from natural resources to software can be identified as commons (Berry, 2005) http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles/commons_as_ideas.  However, it is important to keep in mind that commons is not about the actual resource; however it is also about the social entity attached to it.
Using India as a case study; the commoners of India are not just fighting for their land. They are fighting for their lives. This land will help them raise money for daily activities either by growing crops or goods that can be sold to other local people. This land can help women send their children to school and have them educated.
Is it fair then for a few elites to come and start saying that they own the land. Is it right for the government of India to allow privatisation of land to individuals whilst this will result in displacement of groups of people and also damaging the environment?
The latest update in India on this issue is that, the 60,000 commoners fighting for their land did not do so in vain. Well, on paper anyway. The questions now are; what will happen next? On paper these people will be given land, however how many of the 60, 000 people will actually be given their right and how much support will be given to them by their government

Click on the link below for more information. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/oct/09/india-landless-march-delhi-video

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