ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Irrigation in Colonial India-A Study of Madras Presidency During 1860-1900

This paper attempts an analysis of irrigation development during the British period between 18604900. The analysis is confined to the southern region particularly the state of Andhra Pradesh. The aim of the paper is to highlight the irrigation policy of the colonial administration which led to skewed development.

The forces of colonial exploitation extended to the farmlevel during the second half of the 19th century. As their main objective was to shift as much surplus as possible from the periphery to the centre, the administration had to concentrate on relatively better endowed regions where extortion was easy In the process backward regions were neglected.

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