Reading India: Selections from The Economic Weekly, Volume 1 (1949-1965)
Bardhan, Sudipto Mundle, Rohini Somanathan (Eds.)
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The Economic Weekly was launched in 1949, shortly after Indian Independence. This period was full of hope and expectation, but also questioning and rethinking. Under the leadership of its illustrious founding editor, Sachin Chaudhuri, the journal soon became a major platform for the finest minds of the time, providing a diverse range of scholarship and space for differing, often conflicting, ideological positions.

Reading India: Selections from The Economic Weekly: Volume 1: 1949–1965 brings together landmark studies in sociology, politics and economics that capture the major analytical and policy debates published in the journal from 1949–65.The articles span a wide range of studies, exploring diverse topics, from the classic anthropological village studies, the issue of caste and religious identity, to economic policy debates on growth and investment, and agricultural and industrial policies. The final section discusses the influence of leaders such as Gandhi, Nehru and Tagore, analyses the positions of national and regional languages, and looks at the fostering of socio-economic development in independent India.

The volume also presents a sample of the many excellent Indian and foreign scholars with a deep knowledge of local and historical contexts and commitment to a new India—M. N. Srinivas, Bernard Cohn, Iravati Karve, Amartya Sen, V. K. R. V. Rao, Rajni Kothari, André Béteille, and Ghanshyam Shah, to name a few.

Pranab Bardhan is Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of California, Berkeley.

Sudipto Mundle is Distinguished Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research and has worked as a director at the Asian Development Bank. He has also served as a member of the Fourteenth Finance Commission.

Rohini Somanathan is Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

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Note to the Reader
Economic Weekly, Selected Articles, 1949–1965
Pranab Bardhan, Sudipto Mundle and Rohini Somanathan

Part 1: Early Village Studies

1. The Social Structure of a Mysore Village
M. N. Srinivas
2. Social Structure and Change in a UP Village
McKim Marriott
3. An Oriya Hill Village
F. G. Bailey

Part II: Rural Structures

4. The Myth of Self-Sufficiency of the Indian Village
M. N. Srinivas and A. M. Shah
5. Chamar Family in a North Indian Village: A Structural Contingent
Bernard S. Cohn
6. Individual Case Study and the Statistical Method in Social Investigation
Iravati Karve

Part III: Identity and Politics

7. The RSS
D. V. Kelkar
8. Sripuram: A Village in Tanjore District
Andre Beteille
9. Caste Orientation of Political Factions: Modasa Constituency: A Case Study
Rajni Kothari and Ghanshyam Shah
10. Class and Caste
Nirmal Kumar Bose

Part IV: Analytical Frameworks

11. Keynesian Economics and Underdeveloped Countries
A. K. Dasgupta
12. Teaching Economics
Joan Robinson
13. Peasant Economy as a Category in Economic History
Daniel Thorner
Part V: Development and Planning
14. A Case of Aborted Growth: India, 1860–1900: Some Suggestions for Research
George Rosen
15. How to Industralise an Underdeveloped Area
Paul N. Rosenstein-Rodan
16. Choice Elements in Intertemporal Planning
S. Chakravarti and R. S. Ekaus
17. Structural Linkages in the Indian Economy
Krishna K. Bharadwaj
18. Relative Rates of Growth: Agriculture and Industry
Ashok Rudra

Part VI: Policy Debates: Agriculture

19. The Shifting Fortunes of Agriculture: The General Setting
W. Arthur Lewis
20. Retrospect: The Shifting Fortunes of Agriculture: The Experience of Less Fully Developed Countries
D. R. Gadgil
21. A Note on Cooperative Farming
Amlan Datta
22. Context for Cooperatives in Rural India
Daniel Thorner
23. Agrarian Structure in Twelve Districts
M. L. Dantwala
24. Major and Minor Irrigation Works: A Preliminary Comparison of Costs and Returns
Ranjit Gupta
25. Size of Holdings and Productivity
Amartya Kumar Sen
26. Problems of Numbers in Cattle Development
V. M. Dandekar
27. The Marketable Surplus Function for a Subsistence Crop: An Analysis with Indian Data
Raj Krishna

Part VII: Policy Debates: Industry

28. Small-scale Industries: Problem of Technological Change
K. N. Raj
29. Mill versus Cottage Industries: A Method of Appraisal
Jan Tinbergen
30. Size, Technology and Economics: A Study of the Indian Cotton Textiles Industry
J. C. Sandesara

Part VIII: Public Finance and Distribution

31. Federal Finance Perspectives
Bhabatosh Datta
32. Tax Reform in India
Nicholas Kaldor
33. Economic Growth and Rural-Urban Income 327 Distribution: 1950–51 to 1960–61
V. K. R. V. Rao
34. Distribution of Public Health and Education Services 334
N. Bhattacharya and B. Dey

Part IX: Culture, Administration and Leadership

35. Man and Plan in India: The Background
D. P. Mukerji
36. The Language Problem: A Solution
O. L. Chavarria-Aguilar
37. English, Hindi and the Regional Languages
I. P. Desai
38. Administrative Institutions of Government
Rajni Kothari
39. Generalists versus Specialists in Indian Administration—I
Asoke Mohan Roy
40. Generalists versus Specialists in Indian Administration—II
Asoke Mohan Roy
41. Generalists versus Specialists in Indian Administration: A Comment
Deepak Lal
42. The Meaning of Jawaharlal Nehru
Rajni Kothari
43. Economic Ideology of Jawaharlal Nehru
M. L. Dantwala
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