Bhoodan movement

Bhoodan movement

The Bhoodan (Hindi: भूदान, Urdu: بھودان), or Land Gift, Movement was a voluntary land reform movement in India started by Acharya Vinoba Bhave in 1951.

Controversy on effectiveness

As an experiment in voluntary social justice, Bhoodan has attracted admiration throughout the world. There is little question that it created a social atmosphere in India that presaged land reform legislation activity throughout the country. It also had a tangible effect on the lives of many people - over 5 million acres (20,000 km²) were donated. However, it failed to meet the more ambitious goal of 50 million acres (200,000 km²) that had been set for it.


  • "Bhoodan and the Landless," S.V. Khandewale and K.R. Nanekar, Popular Prakashan, 1973.
  • "Bhoodan Movement in India: An Economic Assessment," Raghavendra Nath Misra, S. Chand and Company Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, 1972.
  • "Bhoodan-Gramdan Movement - 50 Years : A Review,"
  • A brief biography of Vinoba Bhave,

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