The book mainly discusses the pittalls of dominant economic paradigm, in which one of
the major policies that has accelerated neo-liberal economic agenda is Special Economic
Zone (SEZ). It brings into limelight the adverse influence of SEZ especially on the
livelihood of Small Farmers and Agricultural Labourers. Because of SEZ they can no more
have access to land, water and forests which provides them life sustaining products. Based
on facts and figures, the author asserts that creation of SEZ in India is mainly at the
cost of farming land and livelihood of farming communities.
This book brings out the intensity of the destruction caused through empirical
evidences based on the field studies done by the author in two States, Uttar Pradesh and
Tamil Nadu. This eye opener research work is meant not only for policy makers but also for
lay people to make them understand the negative side of SEZ, though they were introduced
for economic growth.
The main agenda of biblical theological understanding of the economy is to ensure
livelihood to each and every person. So, the author aims to study the impact of SEZ.
vis-a-vis biblical theological understanding by supplementing Appendices and providing a
detailed Bibliography at the end to amplify the radius of readers' understanding.
Acknowledgement and Thanks
1. Origin of Special Economic Zone
2. Significance of Employment and Access to Livelihood in India
3. SEZ and the Question of Livelihood
4. SEZ and Various Responses
5. Biblical Theological Response to the Challenges of Livelihood
Mr. Thomas M. J. has completed his Masters (M.Th) in Social Analysis
from the Senate of Serampore and another in Social Work (MSW) from SHIATS. He further
pursues for his PhD in Social Anthropology from SHIATS.
At present, he is a senior Lecturer in Allahabad Bible Seminary. He is also an
Associated Resources Person of the Centre for Dalit and Minority Studies, New Delhi. He
has authored a book `Understanding Social Analysis' (SCEPTRE, Kolkata, 2013). He has also
contributed several articles in National and International Journals, and English Regional
Newspapers on various theological and social issues.