Can blockchain technology be an answer to India’s land governance woes?
There are many dimensions of land reforms in India, while blockchain is no short-cut, but in combination with other institutional reforms, clearly offers a feasible solution
Anyone who has watched Dibakar Banerjee’s comedy drama, Khosla ka Ghosla, knows the nightmare of Kamal Kishore Khosla when his land—bought out of hard earned ‘middle class’ income—is usurped by the land-shark Kishen Khurana. Khosla’s original land ownership papers are no match for the forged papers created by Khurana. No prizes for guessing that the judicial process to reclaim land would have been far more complicated and Khosla would almost certainly have failed to convince the courts due to the lack of ‘confirmed titling’. As a result, the movie shows his sons attempting to ‘buy’ their land back from Khurana. The brilliant plot provides only a glimpse of the complex world of land conflicts, which is a cause for stalling of investments to the tune of Rs12 trillion in India. But it nudges us to ask why we have a land titling problem?