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Indian Economic History in Perspective

Indian Economic History in Perspective India and the World Economy: edited by G Balachandran; Oxford University Press, New Delhi; 2003, NEERAJ HATEKAR The 19th century remains an enigma in Indian economic history. Contrary to the popular imagination, the latter part of the 19th century was perhaps the first time that the Indian economy experienced sustained, fairly widespread growth of a modern nature. The pre-colonial Indian economy did experience short-lived regional spurts in economic growth, but sustained growth was a new phenomena. During 1868 to 1898, NDP growth averaged nearly 1 per cent per year, with per capita NDP growth taking place at 0.59 per cent. 1882-1898 was really the period of high growth when per capita NDP growth averaged nearly 0.8 per cent per annum. These numbers may seem small, but they refer to an economy that was just about beginning to modernise. To put things in perspective, let us compare these rates with the rate of growth of early industrial England. According to Crafts (1997), British GDP was growing at about 0.6 per cent per annum during 1760-80, when the Industrial Revolution was gathering momentum. 1780-1801 saw growth at 1.4 per cent. Thus our NDP growth figures are not very much below the GDP growth figures of late 18th century England.

Malnutrition, Policy and Action

Malnutrition, Policy and Action The Double Burden of Malnutrition in Asia: Causes, Consequences and Solutions by Stuart Gillespie and Lawrence J Haddad; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2003;

Economic History as an Endangered Discipline

Economic History as an Endangered Discipline Issues in Pre-Colonial Studies NEERAJ HATEKAR In an important article, Tirthankar Roy (

Indian Capitalist and Nationalism

Indian Capitalist and Nationalism Imperialism, Nationalism and the Making of the Indian Capitalist Class: 1920-1947 by Aditya Mukherjee; Sage Studies in Modern Indian History-III, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2002; pp 461, price not available.

Truth about Hunger and Disease in Mumbai

This paper measures the incidence of malnourishment among under-five children in slums in Mumbai and compares it to the incidence in Jawhar tehsil of Thane district known for high levels of malnourishment. Severe malnourishment is found to be higher in Mumbai than in Jawhar. A connection is postulated between characteristics of urban informal labour markets, specially for women's labour, and the high observed incidence of malnutrition among children. The paper discusses policy mixes for minimising the incidence of malnutrition in this population. A policy that combines income improvement with greater public health facilities and legislation is most likely to succeed in Mumbai. The existing policy of 'slum re-development', if not combined with these other policies, will only induce cosmetic changes and solve the 'problem' of slums only from the point of view of the non-slum population.

Empire and the Economist

The pre-colonial socio-economic order was fundamentally altered by the colonial presence in the 19th century. Alongside a widespread intellectual ferment, the period also saw for the first time, the emergence of economics as a science in western India. In their interpretation and writings on economic issues, Indian intellectuals and thinkers had also to confront the dilemma of understanding the British Indian empire. This paper looks at the writings of prominent 19th century thinkers of western India of the period and asks in what ways the constraints of working within a colonial dominance and their responses to it, in turn influenced the economic knowledge that was produced.

Dismal Science in Enchanted Light

A History of Economic Thought: The LSE Lectures by Lionel Robbins; edited by Steven Medema and Warren J Samuels; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp xxviii + 359, Rs 595 (hardback).

Forests of Kumaun

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