Rehabilitation of the Displaced Persons in Indian
Bulbul Khaitan & Nitya Priya*
Volume 2 Issue 1 (2009)
Developmental projects in India have displaced millions of people and yet there is not a single national legislation on rehabilitation. Though the judiciary has recognised the right to be rehabilitated as a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the right was not granted in reality, as has been seen in the cases of Narmada and Tehri dams. This paper aims to propose a solution to the present situation by suggesting an expansion of the international definition of the term ‘refugee’ by including in its scope internally displaced persons such that international pressure can be created on nation states to grant rights to refugees.