1st Edition

Political Economy of Development and Environment in Modern India

By Velayutham Saravanan Copyright 2023
    200 Pages
    by Routledge India

    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-independence India. It analyses the various components of constitutional provisions, policies, programmes and ecology protection measures during the post-independence period, that is, 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 ecology and the 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 the 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.






    1 Introduction

    2 Constitution, Development and the Environment

    3 Development Initiatives and Environmental Protection

    4 Outcomes of Development and Environment

    5 Land and Forest Policies

    6 Tragedy of Development and the Environment

    7 Conclusion





    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 Modern India (2020), Environmental History of Modern India: Land, Population, Technology and Development (2022), Colonialism and Wildlife: An Environmental History of Modern India (2023) and Political Economy of Modern South India (under Review). He was also Editor of History and Sociology of South Asia and had published several articles and presented papers at both national and international academic fora.