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Battling the Buddha of LoveA Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built$
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Jessica Marie Falcone

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501723469

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.001.0001

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Indian Farmers Resist the Buddha of Love

(p.161) Chapter 7 Steadfastness/ADITTHANA
Battling the Buddha of Love

Jessica Marie Falcone

Cornell University Press

This chapter goes to the heart of the anti-MPI statue grassroots resistance movement. It details the frustrations, politics and contested land values that gripped the Greater Kushinagar region after the MPI shifted its plans to Kushinagar from Bodh Gaya. The chapter tells the story of the rise of the Save the Land Movement and the activist endeavors that they initiated.

Keywords:   Kushinagar, Indian politics, Uttar Pradesh politics, Land Acquisition Act, Indian agriculture, Grassroots activism, Rural activism in India

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