Uprooted in Home: The Dispossessed of the Land; Debating on Displacement and Rural Lives in Indian Scenario in Everybody Loves a Good Draught
New methods of power Foucault observes, operate”â€¦ not by right but by technique, not by law but by normalization, not by punishment but by control.” (The History of Sexuality 89)
An enquiry into the lives of the millions, who are the dispossessed of the land, provides you with immense stories of looting, plundering and greed of the ruling class. Displacement has been effectively normalized either through a well thought out agenda or by controlling the knowledge of the population. It is one or the other that most probably cause experiences of displacement during implementation of mega projects. Normalizing the experiences of the ruled is a tactic often used by those who wield power to authenticate tyrannical decisions. P Sainath in Everybody Loves a Good Draught highlights how the developmental projects and political interests always unfailingly normalize displacement of the uneducated rural minority and tribes, taking what they own for granted, through clearly an act of exploitation. He observes how the life of the privileged is always at the cost of some who are forced to face the destiny of being uprooted or dispossessed.