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Political Economy of Development and Environment in Modern India

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ISBN 9781032376950
April 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
190 Pages

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Book Description

This book captures the complexities of both development and environment, from the political economy point of view, to offer a broad economic and environmental history of post-independent India. It analyses the various components of constitutional provisions, policies, programmes and ecology protection measures during the post-independence period, i.e., 1947–2020. The author also investigates India's land and forest policies of the 21st century: Fair Compensation of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act 2013, and the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, which pose a great threat to the ecology and environment. The volume argues, how on one hand the development agenda has undermined the environmental components for the first three decades of independence, and on other hand, how the popular vote–bank politics further has aggravated the issues related to environment in India.

This book is an essential interdisciplinary resource for scholars and researchers of history, economic history, environmental studies, environmental history, Indian history, and development studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Constitution, Development and the Environment 3. Development Initiatives and the Environmental Protection 4.  Outcomes of Development and the Environment 5. Land and Forest Policies 6. Tragedy of Development and the Environment 7.    Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography. Index

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Velayutham Saravanan is Professor, Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi. Earlier, he had a short stint at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, as Director of School of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies (SOITS). He was also associated with the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad and Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS), Lucknow. He is the author of Colonialism, Environment and Tribals in South India, 1792-1947 (2017); Environmental History and Tribals in Modern India (2018), Water and Environmental History of Contemporary India (2020), Environmental History of Modern India: Land, Population, Technology and Development (2022), Colonialism and Wildlife: An Environmental History of Modern India (under review) and Political Economy of Modern South India (under Review). He was also the Editor of History and Sociology of South Asia, and had published several articles and presented papers at both national and international academic fora.