This book deals firstly with the economic and social conditions of life among the villagers, the artisans, and other workers in cities and towns of South India, and also with the new issues raised in India during the most momentous years of its history since the mutiny – the commercial and financial disturbances following the war, the sudden appearance of aggressive Trade Unionism, the famines of 1918 and 1920, the rise of the Home Rule agitation and the Non-Co-operation movement, and the coming into operation of the new Constitution of 1919. The author, who went to India in 1915 as Professor of Indian Economics in the University of Madras, was quickly brought into contact with heads of departments of the Provincial Government, was nominated by Lord Willingdon to the Madras Legislative Council, served in the Indian Board of Agriculture, and stayed on for a year in charge of the Madras Publicity Office. In these and in other ways he has had exceptional opportunities of getting insight into Indian problems from an unusual point of view.
Table of Contents
I PROLOGUE II BOMBAY CITY AND THE BOMBAY DECCAN III FIRST DAYS IN MADRAS IV THE GEOGRAPHY OF MADRAS V MAKING CONTACTS VI ERUVELLIPET, A DELTA VILLAGE VII SALEM AND ITS ENVIRONS VII PALNI AND RESETTLEMENT IN MADURA DISTRICT IX THE CITY OF MADURA X THE TINNEVELLY COTTON AREA XI KUMBAKONAM XII THE NILGIRIS AND THE PALNI HILLS XIII THE COIMBATORE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE XIV TRICHINOPOLY XV CUDDALORE AND PONDICHERRY XVI COCHIN AND TRICHUR XVII CO-OPERATION IN CONJIVERAM AND ELSE-WHERE XIX THE INDIAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION XX JUTE-MILLS AND THE MANAGING AGENT SYSTEM XXI THE TATA IRON AND STEEL COMPANY AND THE MADRA COTTON-MILLS XXII PEASANTS IN GANJAM AND THE GODAVARI DELTA XXIIIMYSORE STATE XXIV A VISIT TO BURMA XXV PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN MADRAS, 1912-22 XXVI THE FAMINES OF 1918 AND 1920 XXVII THE WAR AND AFTER XXVIII THE NEW CONSTITUTION IN MADRAS XXIX LABOUR TROUBLES XXX THE WORK OF THE MADRAS PUBLICITY XXXI THE MADRAS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, XXXII EPILOGUE Index of persons and places
Gilbert Slater (27 August 1864 – 8 March 1938) was an English economist and social reformer of the early 20th century.
Gilbert was born in Plymouth in 1864. His father was a school teacher. Slater studied economics and worked as a professor. In 1909, he was appointed principal of Ruskin College and served from 1909 to 1915. From 1915 to 1921, Slater served as the Professor of Economics at the University of Madras. Slater died in 1938 at the age of 73.
Slater is known for rural developments he initiated in India. Slater is also known for his love for Dravidian culture and civilization and for theorizing that the works of Shakespeare were actually written by several different writers at different times.