A MAN of few words, Chinnaguruvaiya Dasari struggled to express the joy he felt when he was given ownership of a two-hectare (five-acre) piece of land on the edge of the Nallamala forest in southern India.

After 25 years of working as a bonded labourer in the fields of other farmers, Dasari recalled standing at the edge of his own land feeling unsure about what his next move should be.