This book shows that the failure of successive Indian governments to effect meaningful agrarian reforms has led to a political economy in rural India that is shaped, as it was prior to independence, largely by the interests of an elite minority of landholders. .
1. Pre-Independence Visions of Agrarian Reform and Rural Development 2. Post-Independence Perspectives on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development 3. Post-Independence Implementation of Agrarian Reform 4. The Repeating Cycle of Agrarian Reform and Rural Unrest 5. The Ineffective Formulation of Agrarian Reform Policy 6. The Persistent Dilemma