Land has always been an integral part of man’s life. Every being on earth depends on land, but the importance one attaches to it varies from person to person, from community to community. For most of us land is something which can be bought with money and once acquired the ‘land’ itself loses its meaning for us. What becomes important is the structure that we build above it or the minerals and ores that lie below it. But there are others for whom land is priceless, it is sacred. They believe land does not belong to man, its man who belongs to the land. For them land is a way of life. They understand land like no one else does or can. Therefore they have learnt how to use the land in a sustainable way without causing any permanent damage to it. In other words they have always known the difference between their ‘needs’ and ‘wants’, which unfortunately we could never learn. This clash has been a major reason for most of the conflicts between ‘we’ the urbanized mass, and ‘them’ the deprived and marginalized sections of the society. This clash has taken a new turn with the unprecedented rise in the number of industries, both in public and private sector. Industry is seen as a prequel to development and with this motto the government has been promoting industrialization like never before.
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