TT: Your recent book, Land Records in India, was released in Ranchi on October 2 by governor Syed Ahmed and chief minister Hemant Soren. What is it about?
Singh: The book covers 31 states and union territories in 463 pages. Iíve made a study of background, history, land laws, reforms, records, terminologies, organisational structure, current status of modernisation and computerisation of land records, digitisation of maps and so on
What is the bookís USP?
So far, a single book that covers data relevant to all states and union territories was not available
Name your other books?
Ownership of Land in Ancient India, Dictionary of Land Revenue Terms, Compendium of Land Revenue Circulars-Jharkhand 2002, Jharkhand Ki Vikas Yatra, Jharkhand Paridisya and Inside Jharkhand are some
Why are you so fascinated with land?
India is a vast and diverse country. The measurement of one katha in Ranchi is different from that in Dhanbad or Patna and neighbouring Bengal. Land laws are different in each state. I wanted to make sense of the chaos
What are the various types of land in Jharkhand?
Itís fascinating. From gair majrua malik, gair majrua aam, gair majrua khas, kaiser-e-hind, lands acquired by the state and those donated to the state, brahmottar lands, bhuinhari, pahnai and mundari-khuntkatti, Jharkhand has the highest sub-categories of lands in the country
How are ownership laws different?
There are two broad categories of lands in Jharkhand, state-owned and that possessed by individuals
What inspired you to take up writing?
I inherited writing as a passion from my father who was the editor-in-chief of the Tibetan section of the Bihar Research Society
Your biggest takeaway?
Writing gives me so much joy that I donít have blood pressure or sugar!
What is your opinion on the diversity of land ownership?
A single law is the need of the hour. All the revenue laws should be codified, simplified and made pragmatically uniform
Any message for fellow bureaucrats?
Do not give up reading