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Moneylenders at Work: Case Studies
of the Traditional Rural Credit Market in Dhanbad District, Bihar
spite of the relatively extenstive network of government supported credit
institutions private moneylenders continue to dominate the agriculture credit
market scene. In 1951-52 nearly 70 per cent of all agriculture loans were given
by traditional moneylenders. In 1961-62 though the share of cooperative
agricultural credit had increased from 7.3 to 13.8 per cent private
moneylenders still enjoyed the lion’s share of the agricultural credit with a substantial
46.6 per cent of all farming loans which meant continuance of the traditional
dependence on the private moneylenders with his unscrupulous business
book based on a detailed study of selected villages in Dhanbad district in
Bihar enquires into traditional moneylenders and the resulting debt relations
between them and the debtor-farmers. The debt relations may be either pure loan
obligations or even personal dependency relationships as well as a combination
of both forms.
author finds that the traditional credit market is dominated by large scale
farmers-cum-moneylenders who also occupy high positions in rural administrative
bodies. The exorbitant interest rates usually charged by them not only create
debt obligations but also help establish dependency relations of a long-term
nature. A description of actual form of debt relations is presented with
samples of interest siphoning mechanism practised by moneylenders. The final
part discusses the various traditional forms of transfer of property rights,
which frequently are the inevitable outcome of previous debt commitments, and
their detrimental socio-economic effects on small farmers.
of the author’s doctoral thesis, the book should be of great interest to
scholars in the field of agricultural credit and other related areas.
was member of the Dhanbad Research Project of the South Asia Interdisciplinary
Regional Research Programme. He did his doctorate in agricultural economics
from the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. As Commissioner for
Industrial Locations of Baden-Württemberg International, Dr. Roth is taking
care of the promotion of the State of Baden-Württemberg as ideal location for
investors from Asian countries, including India.
2007 128p. Rs.200/ pounds 18.99
and Politics: The Changing Landscape
B.D. Dua, M.P. Singh and Rekha Saxena (eds)
will deny that the post-emergency higher judiciary in India has earned
widespread public acclaim for its innovative and creative jurisprudence
notwithstanding the argument advanced by some critics that it has exercised
excessive jurisdiction, transgressing at times the executive and legislative
domains, contrary to the original ‘checks and balances’ design of the
Constitution. While the issue of judicial restraint in the context of
constitutional separation of powers deserves serious attention, the fact of the
matter is that juristocracy invariably triumphs when the elected
representatives in a democracy cannot be trusted to provide good and lawful governance.
From this perspective, the unprecedented judicialization of politics and the
growth of judicial activism in India seems to be an organic response to
pressures within the political system itself.
contributors to the volume are well-known scholars, lawyers, and academics.
They reflect on the itinerary of higher judiciary and its contributions to constitutional
law and public good contextualized for the developmental path of the political
system since the commencement of the Republic in 1950. The papers cover a
variety of topics—judicial activism, judiciary and ecology, secularism,
parliamentary institutions, central executive, new economy, and judicial
reforms—that focus primarily, though not exclusively, on the ramifications of
judicial activism for Indian politics.
is Dean (Emeritus), Faculty of Arts and Science, and Professor (Emeritus),
Department of Political Science, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada,
Currently, he holds Adjunct Professorship at the University of Lethbridge.
is Professor of Political Science at the
University of Delhi and specializes in Indian and Canadian politics, and the
philosophy of science.
is Reader at the Centre for Federal Studies, Hamdard Universty, New Delhi.
Indian Diaspora in West Asia has a long and checkered history dating back to at
least the sixteenth century. A number of small communities of Indian traders
existed in present-day Iraq, Iran, Oman, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. When the region came under British
influence in the nineteenth
century. Indian merchant communities flourished in a number of towns of the
countries. The Indians served as bankers, importers and exporters, customs
farmers, agents for local merchants, government contractors, pearl-financiers,
etc. and as such their contribution to the overall development of the Gulf
countries has been significant.
emergence of Gulf countries as oil-producing and exporting economies and the
consequent demand for labour changed the size and complexion of the Indian and
other expatriate communiteis in the region.
significance of the Gulf-based Indian Diaspora is better understood by the
quantum of remittances sent by the workers to their relations and dependents in
India which is currently estimated at about ten billion US dollars.
the Gulf region Israel is the only country in West Asia that hosts a sizeable
Indian community. The Jewish community of Indian origin is estimated at around
book is perhaps the first ever attempt of its kind on the subject and will
certainly fill a major gap in our understanding of the Indian Diaspora in West
Asia in general and that of the Gulf region in particular.
North-Eastern Region: Insurgency,
Economic Development and Linkages with South-East Asia
Nishchal N. Pandey
seven north-eastern states of India during the last six decades of isolation
have braved enormous difficulties. Beginning with the impact of partition,
liberation of Bangladesh, influx of people from outside and continuing
conflicts based on caste, tribe, language, race and religion, there is also a
flip-side to the bad governanace and economic woes of the people of this
region. Their geographical and cultural promixity with the South-East Asian
countries make the area to be of enormous economic importance in the future.
book argues how the region’s trade with various neighbouring countries if
facilitated and encouraged, and if efforts are made for greater convenience in
international trade through the simplification of economic activities such as
movement of goods, people and services across borders, the region can blossom
to its full potential. But for this, the Centre has first to realize the urgent
need to ‘open-up’ than to ‘lock up’ the area in order to provide ‘security’ to
the people. One of the first studies of its kind, this volume highlights in
detail the north-east’s central position vis-à-vis Bangladesh, Myanmar,
and the rest of South-East Asia.
is a well-known academic and strategic analyst of Nepal. He was previously
Executive Director of the Institute of Foregin Affairs (IFA), Kathmandu. After
8 years at the IFA, he was Visiting Reserach Fellow at the Institute of South
Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore. Currently he is a
Consultant and an Honorary Fellow at the ISAS where he completed the present
volume. Author of several books, he contributes regularly to news magazines and
journals. He can be contracted at email@example.com.
2008 118p. Rs.225/ pounds 18.99
Development: Social and Economic
S. Mahendra Dev and K.S. Babu (eds.)
celebrated sixty years of independence on 15 August 2007. There have been
several acheivements and failures in economics and social development during
remain concerns regarding the agriculture sector, poverty reduction, employment
generation, social sector development, reduction in regional disparities and
protection of the environment.
volume comprising six section tries to address these issues.
study begins with the theme Revisiting the State: New Forms of Governance.
The paper under this theme has tried to bring out what groups are excluded or
included in the urban goverance of ‘negotiated spaces’. Next them is on Public-privae
Parternships in Basic Service Delivery: Impacts on the Poor. In the light of state’s withdrawal
from various public enterprises, the public partnership has occupied an
important position and some of these public-private partnerships are discussed under the theme. India’s
current impressive economic growth is largely from the service sector and the
inequalities in accessing these new employment opportunities are discussed
under the theme. Access to Public and Corporate Sector Employment: Rural and
Urban Dynamics. Under the next theme Uneven Economic Growth and
Environmental Implications, the impact of uneven growth on environment and
other natural resources are discussed. Though enough democratic space is
created for Women participation, the research papers clearly show that their
actual effective participation is negligible. These gender issues are discussed
under the theme Gender and Generation as Divisions in India’s Development.
In the end the issues of conflicts arising out of displacements since 1950s and
particularly the recent SEZs under theme Displacement, Conflict and Crises:
The Flipside of Globalisation are discussed.
is currently Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices,
Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. He has been a consultant and
adisor to many international organisations like the UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank,
International Food Policy Research Institute and ESCAP. He has been a member of
several government Committees including Prime Minister’s Task Force on
Employment. He is also a member of the Committee on Financial Inclusion charied
by Dr. C. Rangaranjan.
is a Faculty Member at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) in
Hyderabad. He was the project director of the study ‘Yanadi Development Plan’
to Government of Andhra Pradesh. His current research focuses on NGOs and rural
ISBN 978-81-7304-789-3 2008 408p. Rs.995/
Crisis of State
and Nation: South Asian States Between
National Building and Fragmentation
John P. Neelsen and Dipak Malik (eds)
widespread notion and pursuit of a post-independence development strategy in
South Asia centred around the state, and essentially following the model of the
countries, has obviously come to end. Similarly, the belief that economic
growth together with a socially biased interventionist government would cement
national cohesion, contribute to nation-building and, by the same token,
strengthen democratic institutions, has been belied. Social inequality has
everywhere been aggravated, as has social
conflict. While a general process of political mobilization has set in, not
least traditionally rather marginalized groups have become empowered. At the
same time, the signs of crises multiply as exemplified in the Maoist movement
in Nepal, the civil war in Sri Lanka, the struggle for self-determination in
Northeastern India, or the corruption, violence and alienation in government
and politics. While they manifest themselves first of all in the political
sphere concerning the representativity and functioning of democracy, and not
least the roll of political parties, they may go deeper indicating a systemic
crisis touching upon the foundations of the socio-political order itself, as
most evident in the case of Pakistan. Far from offering solutions,
neoliberalism and Western-style democracy appear to be rather part of the
problem. As a result, concepts of a modified Nehruvian state or Gandhian
visions have gained hew currency.
crisis of nation and state as principal common focus, the present volume unites
thematic regional overviews with case studies on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal. The thirteen contributions by specialists on
South Asia from Europe, and Australia, Japan and the region itself approach the
common topic from the specific angle of their discipline, namely political
science, sociology, ethnology, history and economics. This pluridisci-plinarity
combined with case studies opens up new insights as well as new perspectives
for further research.
Professor of Sociology, Tübingen University, Germany. His major publications
deal with South Asia, esp. India and Sri Lanka, class formation, and political
economy, international relations and Human Rights.
serves on the scientific board of the World Centre for Peace, Freedom and Human
Rights, Verdun, France, of the RosaLuxemburg Foundation, Berlin, Germany, of
ATTAC/Germany, and of the International Research Foundation for Development,
Mass., USA, which he regularly represents at the UN, Geneva.
Professor, Department of Commerce, Banaras Hindu University, and Director,
Gandhian Institute of Studies, Varanasi.
Diversities: Society, Politics and
Professor V.N. Datta)
K.L. Tuteja, Sunita Pathania (eds)
volume is in honour of distinguished historian Professor V.N. Datta. The essays
contributed by some of the most eminent historians which cut across boundaries
of time and space highlight the diversified and multidimensional nature of
historical studies, encompassing some of the most fascinating themes in history
from ancient to contemporary times.
book covers broad themes like land relations; regional identity; gender
composite culture; internal migration; colonial notions of power; environment;
nationalist discourse; ethnicity and politics of Dalit identity. In addition,
two essays conceptualizing and illuminating modernity in Europe and Asian
identity form part of this volume. The collection makes an important
contribution to the field of social, political and cultural history.
is Director, Academic Staff College, and
former Professor of History, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.
is former Professor of History, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.
ISBN 978-81-7304-792-3 2008 468p. Rs.1195/
Spaces: Asian and European
C. Ramachandraiah, A.C.M. Van Westen and Sheela Prasad (eds)
in association with Indo-Dutch Programme on
rise of ICT-related service industries is not only changing India’s economy,
but also reconfiguring its urban landscapes. This volume looks at the emergence
of ‘high-tech’ India, together with ‘high-tech’ experiences in select Asian and
European countries, from the
perspective of geographers and other scholars interested in how society uses
and transforms urban space. In most cities, spectacular new business districts
are created; emphasizing difference by means of spatial separation from the
rest of the city and a distinct style of architecture.
high-tech spaces first appeared in Western cities in the 1970s. In the last few
decades, these high-tech spaces have spread around the world, producing
distinct urban landscapes and spatial patterns. These differences reflect local
conditions, as well as the demands made by leading companies, and the ambitions
of local politicians that determine the ICT policies. The ICT and other
high-tech industries offer opportunities for economic growth and development,
but can also trigger social exclusion, uproot communities, widen urban
disparities and more generally add to urbanization problems of pressure on
book takes a comparative approach in discussing the engagement of high-tech
industries and urban space, and the associated problems and challenges. It
presents a range of case studies of Indian cities, and also documents
experiences in other Asian countries such as China, Malaysia, Korea and
Singapore, and European countries like The Netherlands and France.
is an Associate Professor in Geography at Centre for Economic and
Social Studies, Hyderabad. His research interests are urban environment, urban
water and information technology & cities.
is a Development Geographer with the Urban & Regional Research Centre (URU)
of Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His main area of research is regional
development in Asia.
is Professor and Head, Centre for Regional Studies, University of Hyderabad. A
geographer, her research interests are interdisciplinary and include urban and
regional geography, environment and health.
Industrial Spaces and Regional Developments in India: Japanese Studies on South Asia No.5
H. Okahashi (ed.)
has accomplished rapid economic growth after liberalization of its economy.
This volume studies the social and economic development on a regional and local
scale, focusing on industrial estates, which have played an important role in
attracting investment and in forming prosperous industrial clusters.
intensive field survey was conducted on two large-scale industrial estates –
Pithampur in MP and NOIDA in NCR – to study the regional development based on
key industries, automobile and software, are analysed on a national level to
study the present conditions and development potential of these sectors. The
analyses is supported by thematic maps concerning the geography of tehse
volume provides a comparative analysis of the underdeveloped and metropolitan
regions and gives special attention to industrial development, labour market charcteristics,
infrastructure development, urban growth, and the transformation of
India with Japan, the volume details the problem and future prospects of the
is Professor of Human Geography at Hiroshima University, Japan and Director of
Hiroshima University Museum.
Dravidian Sahibs and Brahmin Maulanas: The Politics of The Muslims of Tamil Nadu, 1930-1967
By- S.M. Abdul Khader Fakhri
This book examines the changing political identities of Muslims in Tamil Nadu between 1930 and 1967. It assesses the protean character of the influences that played upon the political culture of Tamil Muslims by investigating their location in relation to the important political movements of the time: the Dravidian movement, the Congress and Indian nationalism, pan-Islam and Hindu revivalism. In doing So, the author asks how the contradictions between being Tamil, Muslim and Indian emerged and how Tamil Muslims addressed them in politics.
For Tamil Muslims, being Tamil was as crucial as being Muslim. The author argues that it was the rise of the Dravidian movement and its rhetoric that enabled Muslims to straddle and combine multiple identities—Non-Brahmin, Dravidian/Tamil, Muslim and Indian. This was made possible by the political language of the Dravidian movement which constructed the ‘Dravidian’ community on the basis of caste and language Consequently, Tamil Muslims were accepted as a caste seeking to share power in the competitive and plural political arena projected by the Dravidian movement. In this way, Dravidian rhetoric generated a political space in which diverse identities could be combined and asserted under its own capacious umbrella.
This study goes beyond 1947, the great divide in the history of and thinking about twentieth-century India. Historians terminate their study at partition and political scientists rearly foray into the colonial period. But this volume comprehensively proves that questions surrounding communal and religious identities cannot simply be studied in a static frame or captured exclusively within the confines of a single discipline.
Brown Warriors of the Raj: Recruitment and the Mechanics of Command in the Sepoy Army, 1859-1913
By- Kaushik Roy
The Sepoy Army was one of the pivots of Britain’s overseas empire. After 1857, this army policed the subcontinent as well as Britain’s extra-Indian overseas possessions. The importance of the Sepoy Army for the Raj could be gleaned from the fact that it consumed about 30 per cent of the government’s revenue. For the colonized also, the colonial army was one of the largest government employers in India. Nevertheless, it remains an underdog both in Indian and the British-Imperial historiography. This volume focuses on recruitment and the mechanics of command. It attempts to answer pertinent questions like: who were recruited and why, how the recruits were conditioned into soldiers, etc.
Recruitment was the product of two opposing ideologies: the Martial Race ideology and the Anti-Martial Race ideology. The Sepoy Army was the largest volunteer army in the world. The Indians joined the army and remained loyal to it mostly because of a host of tangible and intangible incentives offered to the soldiers and institutionalization of the coercive apparatus by the British command.
The Study begins at 1859 and ends at 1913. This is because after the 1857 Uprising, the Bengal Army experienced a sea change in its organization and social architecture. And again, 1914 constituted a break since the army went through a fivefold expansion.
The author attempts a cross-cultural comparative analysis with other armies in order to flesh out the specificity of the Sepoy Army. This much awaited study is invaluable for scholars of military and modern Indian history.
Kaushik Roy, speacializes in miltary history of South Asia. He has done his Ph.D. from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Previously a fellow of Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi; Roy is currently a lecturer in history, at Presidency College, Kolkata and associate researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW), Inter-national Peace Research Institute, Oslo. He is the author of three books and two dozen articles in academic journals. He is also one of the general editors of Anthem Press.