The fact/fiction of Indian agriculture

Thomas, Alex M. (2019) The fact/fiction of Indian agriculture. Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bengaluru.

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Abstract

At a time when the economics of agriculture has been ousted from the economics curricula in India, it is heartening to see agrarian issues occupying a central position in recent books of fiction. In this blog, I review Kota Neelima’s Death of a Moneylender (2016, Penguin, Gurgaon). Neelima’s book conveys the condition of Indian farmers through the eyes of Falak Anand, a newspaper reporter from Delhi, who goes to Bapat — a small village in south-central India — to report on the death of a moneylender, Desraj. The concerns of village residents are perceptively brought out through his conversations with three people: an old economist who sits near him on his train journey to Bapat; Shambu, a farmer; and Laxmana, the head of the village (sarpanch ) and a moneylender.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics, Economics of agriculture, Agriculture income, Economics curricula, Village economy, Market
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Liberal Studies
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2020 07:04
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 07:14
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2151
Publisher URL: http://fas.org.in/blog/the-factfiction-of-indian-a...

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