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Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides in North India


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Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides in North India by Lakhwinder Singh
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Agrarian distress in the era of globalization has manifested in the suicides of farmers and agricultural labourers. This book, using empirical research and field data from north India, especially Punjab, examines the different facets of this tragic phenomenon in rural India. Situating Indian agriculture in the context of globalization it looks at the underlying causes of farmer suicides in a state that was the model of modern capitalist agriculture and development. It also attempts to understand why other farmers have chosen not to take the same path. With a comparative framework and coverage of nearly 1400 rural households, it brings out the brutal manifestation of this complex and multidimensional situation in the Indian countryside. Topical, comprehensive and rich in data, this book will be valuable to scholars and researchers of political economy, agricultural economics, South Asian politics, political sociology, and public policy.

Author Biography

Lakhwinder Singh is Professor of Economics and Coordinator at the Centre for Development Economics and Innovation Studies, Punjabi University, India. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, USA, and Seoul National University, South Korea. Singh is the founding editor of Millennial Asia: An International Journal of Asian Studies. He has more than 50 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited books, and several authored and co-authored books to his credit. His recent book is Technology, Innovations and Economic Development (2015). Kesar Singh Bhangoo is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Research in Economic Change, Department of Economics, Punjabi University, India. He specializes in labour economics, especially industrial relations, trade unionism and other labour issues. His book Dynamics of Industrial Relations (1995) discusses industrial disputes, trade unions and the working and welfare conditions in the cotton textile industry. Rakesh Sharma is Indian Council of Social Science Research doctoral fellow at the Department of Economics, Punjabi University, India. He specializes in areas of national agricultural innovation systems and has handled several projects related to agrarian distress and rural economic development.
Release date Australia
January 24th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
22 Line drawings, black and white; 59 Tables, black and white; 22 Illustrations, black and white
Routledge India
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