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15 March 2007

Peru and Nandigram

As tension prevails in Nandigram, West Bengal, I am reminded of the works of Hernando de Soto, Peruvian economist who sees property rights as a solution for global poverty.

His globally acclaimed work on land issues presents many issues and provides many perspectives to the issues.

Land whether it is for building, personal use and asset, construction, government projects, issues of urban squatters or others, is one of the most valuable resource simply because of it's supply being finite in nature.

One of the cornerstones of managing knowledge is the underlying principle of re-use and not re-inventing the wheel. Has anyone else done it elsewhere and what have been the lessons learnt from success or failure.

De Soto's work too like any other has it's share of admirers and critics.

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