1st Edition

Development with Justice The Bihar Experience

Edited By Sankar Kumar Bhaumik Copyright 2024
    322 Pages
    by Routledge

    322 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since the nation’s independence, the union and state governments of India have employed a variety of development strategies, some of which have evolved over time. The model of development implemented in Bihar in recent decades is different from its prior development strategies. Along with a number of social reform initiatives, the Bihar government implemented the “development-with-justice” model to enhance the lives and living circumstances of the most marginalized groups of the population and ensure the attainment of social justice.
    In light of the aforementioned context, this book offers an understanding of the various aspects of the Bihar government’s “development-with-justice” model, and the effects of its implementation on lives and quality of living conditions of the state’s underprivileged population. The book covers a wide spectrum of areas such as history of social reform measures, social justice in education, health, labour market, etc., caste- and gender-based discrimination, women’s empowerment, migrant workers, poverty, inequality, agrarian concerns, planning for development, and so on. Besides recommending policies to improve the state’s development outcomes, this book will aid researchers in identifying topics that may require additional research.

    Clearly researched, concise, and up-to-date, this book will be useful to the students and researchers from the fields of development economics, development studies, gender studies, sociology, political science, economic history, as well as the policy-planners in the government.




    1. Mapping the Role of Thinkers in the Context of Ideological Trajectory of Social Justice in Bihar

    Sudhanshu Kumar Jha

    2. Bihar’s Tryst with Social Justice

    Praveen Jha

    3. Human Development in Bihar: Dissecting Issues and the Way Forward

    Santosh Mehrotra and Rakesh Ranjan Kumar

    4. Education and Social Justice in Bihar: Still an Achilles’ Heel?

    Abhijit Ghosh and Bhaskar Majumder

    5. An Empirical Case Study of Educational Experience of Musahar Children in Bihar

    Anju Helen Bara and Sonu Prasad

    6. Beyond Teacher Quality: Understanding the Moderating Role of Infrastructure in Student Learning Outcomes in Secondary Education

    Amrita Singh and Sheo Rama

    7. Health and Curative Health Care in Bihar: A Comparative Study

    Subrata Mukherjee and Ashmita Gupta

    8. Choice for Modern Contraception in Bihar: Can Affirmative Action Work?

    Arijita Dutta and Rakhi Saha

    9. Inter-District Variations in Utilisation of Maternal and Child Health Care Facilities in Bihar

    Sweta Sharan

    10. Labour Market Discrimination in the State of Bihar

    Sankar Kumar Bhaumik

    11. Gender and Social Discrimination in Employment and Earnings: An Empirical Analysis in Bihar

    Panchanan Das and Sumita Biswas

    12. Caste Inequality in Child Stunting in Bihar: A Violation of Justice

    Neetu Choudhary

    13. An Inquiry of Causes and Persistence of Poverty among Dalits in Bihar

    Krishna Ram

    14. Multidimensional Deprivations and Social Sector Expenditure in Bihar: A Critical Look

    Santosh Verma and Tripti Kumari

    15. Marginal Agriculture as Social Security: A Case for Facilitating Access to Land in Bihar

    Harshita Bhasin and Anirban Dasgupta

    16. Economic Growth and Social Justice: A Study with Reference to Agricultural Households in Bihar

    Subhankar Mukherjee and Kranthi Nanduri

    17. Access to Institutional Credit and Socio-economic Inequality: Implications for Social Justice in Rural Bihar

    Avanindra Nath Thakur

    18. Migration, Marginality and Development: The Case of Bihar

    Avinash Kumar and Manish Kumar

    19. COVID-19 as Social Crisis and Justice: Migrants from Bihar

    Surya Bhushan, Aditi Thakur, Shankar Purbey, S M U Qadri and Urvashi Kaushik

    20. Economic Empowerment of Women: A Review of the Jeevika Programme

    Sohini Paul

    21. The Path Towards Gender Mainstreaming Through Four Parameters of Development

    S. Siddharth and Barna Ganguli

    22. Reservation for Women in Bihar Police Force: A Note

    Kanika Raj

    23. Child Trafficking in Bihar: A Situational Analysis

    Juhi Singh, Alok Aditya and Suresh Kumar

    24. Trends and Determinants of Child Marriage in Bihar

    Ashi Rooth Stuart

    25. Outcome-Based Policymaking

    Arunish Chawla



    Sankar Kumar Bhaumik is the Director of the Patliputra School of Economics. Prior to joining the Patliputra School of Economics in August 2020, he served the Departments of Economics of Calcutta University (22 years), Vidyasagar University (9 years), and the Central University of South Bihar (3 and a half years). He became Professor and Head of the Economics Department at Calcutta University and Professor and Head of the Economics Department and Dean of Social Sciences at the Central University of South Bihar. He also served as Director of the Institute of Development Studies in Jaipur. His fields of specialisation are econometrics, the economics of agriculture, Indian economic development, and research methodology. His previous book publications include Principles of Econometrics: A Modern Approach Using EViews, Reforming Indian Agriculture: Towards Employment Generation and Poverty Reduction, Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Farmer Incomes in Bihar, and Tenancy Relations and Agrarian Development: A Study of West Bengal. He has to his credit 35 research papers published in refereed journals or edited books. He has completed 5 research projects, and supervised 14 PhD theses (all awarded) and 11 MPhil dissertations (all awarded).