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Agricultural Tenancy in Contemporary India
09 May, 2018, Vaishali Bansal, Yoshifumi Usami and Vikas Rawal
The following report on “Agricultural Tenancy in Contemporary India” involved a detailed assessment of the 48th (1991-92), 59th (2002-03) and 70th (2012-13) rounds of the NSSO Surveys of Land and Livestock Holdings (NSSOSLLH) and includes detailed household-by-household corrections to remove a number of inconsistencies in the data. The main findings of the analysis point to significant marginalisation of landless poor households.
Agrarian distress in India
01 March, 2018, Jayati Ghosh
To stabilize crop prices and make them remunerative, the Swaminathan Commission proposed significant improvements in the implementation of MSPs.
National income in India: What’s really growing?
28 February, 2018, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
Recent income growth in India has been dominated by sectors that do not reflect real physical output increases – such as finance, insurance and real estate and public administration and defence.
On the Economic Implications of Restrictions on Cow Slaughter
11 July, 2017, Vikas Rawal
India's livestock economy is among the biggest in the world. A ban on cow slaughter would either result in more and more unproductive animals being killed in most unscientific and cruel ways or would entail such a high cost for maintaining unproductive animals that cattle rearing would cease to be a profitable enterprise for farm households. Restrictions being imposed on cow slaughter and the actions of the cow vigilantes would deal a serious blow to the agrarian economy and in particular to the livelihoods of the poor and middle peasants in rural India.
Is Contract Farming Really the Solution for Indian Agriculture?
15 May, 2007, Jayati Ghosh
Contract farming is increasingly being presented as a solution for the problems of Indian agriculture, by major international donor agencies, multinational companies and even the government. It is argued that private sector participation will be promoted through contract farming and land leasing arrangements will allow accelerated technology transfer, capital inflow and assured markets for crop production, especially of oilseeds, cotton and horticultural crops.
Fallacies and Silences in the Approach to the Eleventh Plan
26 July, 2006, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
It has already been pointed out in a previous column that in its Approach to the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, the Planning Commission has adopted an uncritical ''trickle-down'' approach to economic growth, by making the basic objective the achievement of a certain target annual GDP growth figure - either 7.8 or 9 per cent per annum - and effectively assuming that all social goals will be achieved by this.
Bank Reforms in India: The Effect on Farmers
27 October, 2004, Sukanta Dasgupta
It is now widely recognised that access to credit is critical for cultivators operating in a market setting. One of the important - and moderately successful - aims of bank nationalisation more than 30 years ago, was to provide institutional credit to agriculture, which until then had been severely neglected by bankers.
Budget 2004-05 and Agriculture: A betrayal of the electoral mandate
13 July, 2004, Sabyasachi Mitra
The results of the Lok Sabha elections in May 2004 left many psephologists wondering what had gone wrong with their predictions. While they were expecting that the alliance opposed to the National Democratic Alliance would give the latter a good fight, the fall of the NDA government was unexpected to the mainstream media.
'Shining' in Rural India
07 May, 2004, Abhijit Sen
Probably the most interesting feature of the forthcoming elections is that the ruling coalition has decided to contest them less on basis of new promises or vision for the future and much more on the claim that things have never been better. Whether in the jingles of 'India Shining' or 'Bharat Uday' or in their more partisan claim
The Post-War Afghan Economy
07 July, 2003,
On 22 December 2001, following the defeat of the Taliban by a coalition of US and Northern Alliance forces, an interim administration under Hamid Karzai mandated from above by the Bonn peace agreement took charge of Afghanistan.
The Cost of Free Trade : The WTO Regime and The Indian Economy
20 February, 2000, Utsa Patnaik
It is indeed a privilege to have been asked to deliver the E M S Namboodiripad memorial lecture and I thank the organisers for it. Two years ago, after EMS (as he was referred to affectionately by everybody) passed away in March 1998, there was a memorial seminar held in June at Perintalamana in Malabar, the town which is within a short distance of EMS's ancestral home. I read a paper on this occasion, which was specifically on EMSs writings on the agrarian question - in particular how his famous Minute of Dissent to Commission Malabar Tenancy Reforms, was informed by the Marxist theory of ground rent.

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