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Agrarian Crisis and Farmer Suicides

Agrarian Crisis and Farmer Suicides

First Edition
Edited by:
  • R S Deshpande - Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, India
  • Saroj Arora - Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie

November 2010 | 460 pages | SAGE India
This volume is the twelfth in the series 'Land Reforms in India'. It focuses on the multi-dimensional aspects of the agrarian problem, examining it from the angle of public policy. A distinguishing feature of this collection is its holistic approach towards viewing farm sector distress, instead of looking for isolated causes and solutions.

The essays, based on the research and analyses conducted by academics from different parts of the country, examine the reasons for the growing agrarian crisis and increasing incidences of farmers' suicides in specific regions of the country. They take into account regional discrepancies in agricultural growth and implementation of policies in specific areas. In doing that, they also bring to light the various types of farm sector distress, which, in turn, leads to a better understanding of the whole situation. The compilation also attempts to define a systematic policy line.


Padamvir Singh
A Note from the Co-ordinator

Ashish Vachhani
Editors' Introduction

R S Deshpande and Saroj Arora
Economic Reforms, Small Farmer Economy and Agrarian Crisis

D Narasimha Reddy and Srijit Mishra
Contextualizing the Agrarian Suicides

A R Vasavi
Poor Indian Farmers' Plight and Liberalisation: An overview

A K Singhal
Path of Development and Politics in Karnataka

Muzaffar Assadi
Globalisation, Agrarian Crisis and Farmers' Suicides: Illusion and reality

R S Deshpande
Globalisation vis-a-vis Agrarian Crisis in India

M S Sidhu
Cotton Growers: Experience from Vidarbha

Neelima Deshmukh
Economic Reforms and Regional Disparities

E Revathi and Shaik Galab
The Drought Prone Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh

G Sreedhar
Distress and Deceased in Andhra Pradesh: An analysis of causes of farmers' suicide

T Prabhakar Reddy
Indebtedness and Farmers' Suicides

K Gopal Iyer and Saroj Arora
Punjab Peasantry: A Question of Life and Debt

Anita Gill
Agrarian Crisis in Punjab and Policy Options

G S Kalkat
Credit through Participatory Management: The way for rural smile

Ravikesh Srivastava
Way Out: Short-Term and Long-Term Measures for Sustainable Agriculture

Srinivasan Santhanam
Farmers Suicide: Behavioural and Social Dimensions

Providing A Level Playing Field For The Small Farmer

Meeta Rajivlochan and M Rajivlochan
Way Forward

R S Deshpande and Saroj Arora


[The book] deals with the issues related to the agrarian crisis and farmer suicides in a most comprehensive way…The book is well rounded as it has chapter on  the behavioural  and social issues…The Editors put forth a very robust “Introduction” and balance it with “The Way  Forward” at the end.

Economic & Political Weekly

Deshpande and Saroj Arora, editors of the volume, discuss the pros and cons of various options and suggest what needs to be done for ending the present agrarian crisis. Overall, this well-edited and well-organised volume has plenty of material relating to agriculture in general and the agrarian crisis in particular. Researchers and policymakers are sure to find it immensely useful.

The Hindu

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ISBN: 9788132105121