The process of understanding development has its roots in the gathered wisdom and training of the elaborator/researcher. Basically the concept has manifold dimensions. Social Scientists have broadly come to terms with the concept of development flavoured with these make-believe borders of disciplines. This is likely to grow worse, if the interdisciplinary underpinnings are not kept in view. This volume makes an attempt to address some of the concerns confronted in literature by providing a partial peep through a few windows to observe development and these are studied by acclaimed social scientists from various disciplinary backgrounds. These windows are opened with a purpose and from an angle, keeping in view the widespread academic interests and research areas frequented by Prof. V.M. Rao, through his writings. Five areas are chosen here: aggregate economic development, agricultural development, irrigation development, poverty and issues of governance. The authors in unison argue for the necessity of a holistic understanding of an economy, society and further need for development of indigeneous way of thinking. It touches upon promising themes of development both at micro as well as macro-level to legitimise the well-deserved places for the issues among the imminent problems. Each of these windows gives us glimpses of different facets of development from the vantage point of the author as also a view from diverse angles, at the world of development. Though fragmented, one gets a picture of the seemingly continuum of development. The intention of this volume is to create an excellent collage of these views through different windows.
Publisher: Academic Foundation
Number of pages: 590
Dimensions: 235 x 150 mm
"The collection represents a wide range of issues that need to be considered to gain an understanding of the development of people--agriculture in all its diversity, irrigation and water management, ecology and climate, trade and markets, decentralisation and globalisation, poverty, food security and policy issues at all levels." --C.T. Kurien, former chairman and honorary professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies
"These essays by a number of distinguished scholars in honour of Prof. V.M. Rao reflect his broader approach to rural development, understanding of the prevailing social structure in India, and policy prescriptions imbued with his humanistic concerns and practical wisdom." --C.H. Hanumantha Rao, former member, National Advisory Council, Government of India