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In a country like Bangladesh, with 43.78 percent of landless holdings and 69.55 percent of holdings living on agriculture INCIDIN Bangladesh*, land reform is undoubtedly a crucial concern for development planners, activists and practitioners. However, the issue has almost always been dealt as a highly sophisticated and complex policy agenda; an agenda in which the so called "common people" have never been expected to meaningfully contribute. This attitude of undermining the moral-practical knowledge of people and their rights to participate in determining their future has now being put under scrutiny.

On the other hand, around the world since mid-seventies development thinkers, academicians, activists and practitioners have been highlighting the role of People’s Organizations (POs) in relation to equality, participation, empowerment and sovereignty of people in the process of sustainable human development.  In Bangladesh the `concept’ of People’s Organization is also not new. Few organizations working with marginalized landless people have taken POs as their action points. They have defused their ideological defacto as it is with the conceptual premise of people’s organization and going ahead with their experimentations.