This book explores and interrogates the food–water–energy nexus, arguably the most crucial factor in sustaining India’s economic development.
The book sheds light on different experiences faced in states across India, including the consequences of electricity tariff reforms and related policies on irrigated agriculture. Part 1 focuses on the historical development of agriculture and social change in India, with special reference to the mode of responses and adaptations in social systems against the inherent low and erratic rainfall and resulting water stress in India during the pre-colonial period. Additionally, it investigates how colonial development destroyed social systems and discusses future development prospects. Part 2 discusses contemporary issues of agriculture and social change in India.
A comprehensive examination of various important issues related to South Asian agricultural development in the past and in the present, this book will be a valuable reference for researchers of Asian development, sustainable development, environmental policy, South Asian Studies and Development Studies.
Table of Contents
Koichi Fujita and Tsukasa Mizushima
Part I Land, Water, and Population in the Past and Future
2. Land Development and Demographic Change in Tamil Nadu from the Late Eighteenth to the Early Twentieth Century
3. From Sharing Risks to Taking Risks: System of Entitlements and its Fragmentation in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Orissa
4. Bengal Agrarian Society during late Colonial Rule: The Development of the Sundarbans
5. Sustaining Tank Irrigation in South India through Time-Tested Measures
Palanisami, Kuppanan and T. Mohanasundari
6. Ahar: A Traditional Irrigation System in Southern Bihar
Part II Regional Path Dependencies and Policy Orientations for Sustainability
7. Overview of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in India and South Asia
Koichi Fujita and Atsushi Fukumi
8. Challenges of Growth and Sustainability: Agriculture in Indian Punjab
Kamal Vatta and Parisha Budhiraja
9. Nitrogen Cycle and Fertilizer Subsidy in India
10. Sustainability of Groundwater-Irrigated Agriculture in India: Case Studies of Punjab and Tamil Nadu
11. Farm Power Policies and Groundwater Markets: Contrasting Gujarat with West Bengal (1990–2015)
Tushaar Shah and Sujata Das Chowdhury
Koichi Fujita is Professor of Economics at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.
Tsukasa Mizushima is Professor Emeritus at The University of Tokyo, Japan.