The purpose of this book, first published in 1982, is to probe the nature of the state in India and the role played by it in the evolution of the social economy, particularly in the growth of industry. In fact, the problematic of the state and its relationship with socio-economic progression or regression is a dialectic process. What this book does is attempt to unravel this dialectic, by following the theory and method of Maxism.
1. Introduction 2. The Mode of Production and Social Formation in Pre-British India 3. The Victory of the British and Its Impact on the Evolution of Social Classes in India 4. Socialism in India: An Ideology of State Hegemony 5. The Artisan and Small-Scale Industries in India’s Social Economy and Their Relationship With the State 6. The State and the Growth of the Public and Private Sectors 7. The Social Economy of Indian Agriculture and its Effect on Industrialisation and the State 8. Conclusion