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Land Reforms and Agrarian Change in Karnataka

Land Reforms and Agrarian Change in Karnataka Surinder S Jodhka IT is rather surprising that despite the large volume of literature available on the successes and failures of land reform legislations from different parts of the country, not many micro level studies have been earned out to understand the consequences that land reforms might have had on the related aspects of village life, such as, agrarian relations, rural power structure, changing caste equations and poverty This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that much of the literature on post-independence developmental programmes has ignored the significance of a historical perspective and the need for understanding various aspects of the changing agrarian structure in relation to one another [Pandey 1994]. It is in this context that C B Damle's book becomes an important contribution to the existing literature on agrarian processes in contemporary India The novelty of Damle's study lies in his ability to combine a historical perspective with a field study of four villages. Damle selected two villages each from a subsistence and commercial setting for his field study in the Dakshina Kannada (DK) district of Karnataka. One village in each setting was known for 'successful' implementation of land reforms and the other was selected from amongst the 'low implementation' villages. This made his research design for the field study doubly comparative.

Bureaucratization, Corruption and Depoliticisation-Changing Profile of Credit Co-operatives in Rural Haryana

and Depoliticisation Changing Profile of Credit Co-operatives in Rural Haryana Surinder S Jodhka Based on a field-study of three villages and three primary agricultural credit societies (PACS) from an agriculturally developed district of Haryana, the article argues that the green revolution technology and the introduction of a new organisational structure in 1976 have brought about significant changes in the working of credit co-operatives. Greater bureaucratisation has led to marginalisation of the elected body in the functioning of the co-operative and has led to the alienation of its members.

Countering US Imperialism-Cultural Imperialism versus Cultural Nativism

Countering US Imperialism Cultural Imperialism versus Cultural Nativism? Surinder S Jodhka Shailaja Ramaiyer S Seethalakshmi JAMES PETRAS' piece ('Cultural Imperialism in Late 20th Century', EPW, August 6) on the growing importance of cultural commodities in the exploitation of third world societies by US imperialism and uses of media and culture in extending its domination through conditioning of minds and markets in countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America is surely a timely contribution to the growing literature on the "other side" of the "new economic policies"/liberalisation. Much of the criticism of economic reforms operates within purely economic variables. By talking about culture he is not only highlighting another side of the story but he is also trying to shift the paradigm of understanding economic processes during the post-cold war period.

Agrarian Changes and Attached Labour-Emerging Patterns in Haryana Agriculture

Explaining the phenomenon of attached labour in the post-green revolution agrarian context has been a contentious issue among the students of agrarian change in India, Chaemacions of attached labour varies from 'unfree slaves' to a 'privileged class'.


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