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Politics of Land Grabbing: The Vested Property Act and the Exploitation of Hindu Communities in Bangladesh

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
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Pranab Kumar Panday Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, pranabpanday@yahoo.com

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The minority communities have been victimised in most of the countries of the sub-continent. Like other countries of the subcontinent, the minorities in Bangladesh have been subject to exploitation at times. This study explores the dynamics of the enactment of the Vested Properties Act 1974 from the historical perspective, identifying factors influencing the enactment of the Act in Bangladesh. The impact of the Act on the exploitation of the Hindu minority in Bangladesh is assessed. The study finds that as governments played political games with the Act, Hindu communities were systematically robbed of land using its provisions.

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