In rural India, farmers will not sell their land for others to develop, so Indian government wants to force them to sell

by Rama Lakshmi

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India’s state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.  It hasn’t been able to acquire the land because the owners won’t sell.  Dhaneshwar Prasad, a farmer whose land is sought, said “Why wouuld I sell this land to the government? This land gives me a life of dignity.” Photo: Enrico Fabian/Washington Post

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India’s state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation. It hasn’t been able to acquire the land because the owners won’t sell. Dhaneshwar Prasad, a farmer whose land is sought, said “Why wouuld I sell this land to the government? This land gives me a life of dignity.”