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This book offers a comprehensive picture of how economic forces have emerged as being of central importance in India and the kind of economic growth that the Indian polity has been able to achieve within the framework of democratic politics. It proposes that the modern state is inextricably linked with two other factors of modern life: economic growth and democratic politics.

Economy, Democracy and the State: The Indian Experience explores the patterns of economic growth (both industrial and agricultural) and its impact on Indian democratic politics. It offers an insight into how the changing patterns of economic growth in the country have determined government policies and questions the extent to which the hopes and aspirations of the common man have been satisfied. This exploration of the ...

Agriculture: The Legacy of Neglect
Agriculture: The legacy of neglect

The objective of social creation that the people of India adopted after Independence, will fail to be effective and efficacious, if the large countryside depending largely on agriculture, remained unchanged. But what strategy should be employed to transform the countryside was the main question facing the leadership for long. Broadly speaking, two very powerful models of social transformation were vying for articulation, recognition and control. One of these models was, of course, the one based upon the experience of developed countries which were successful in transiting from backward agricultural economies to advanced, vibrant industrial ones. The other model was articulated by no less a person than Mahatma Gandhi who rejected industrialism as the panacea for India's ...

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