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Growth and Distress in a South Indian Peasant Economy During the Era of Economic Liberalisation


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  • Vamsi Vakulabharanam
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    This article analyses the impact of agricultural liberalisation on different farming classes in the region of Telangana in South India. The region has been witnessing significant growth in real agricultural output over the last 15 years. At the same time, as NSS (National Sample Survey) household survey data indicate, there have been significant welfare declines not only for marginal farmers and landless labour, but for other groups as well. There have also been more than a thousand farmer suicides between 1998 and 2002. I argue in this article that during the liberalisation period, that is, post 1990, agricultural growth and increased distress have become mutually intertwined. I use the terms, growth-inducing distress and distress-inducing growth to explain this apparent paradox.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

    Volume (Year): 41 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 971-997

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:41:y:2005:i:6:p:971-997

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    1. Motkuri, Venkatanarayana, 2012. "Conflicts and Development: A Case of Naxal Movement affected Warangal District in Andhra Pradesh," MPRA Paper 49332, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Srijit Mishra, 2007. "Agrarian Scenario in Post-reform India:A Story of Distress, Despair and Death," Working Papers id:1019, eSocialSciences.
    3. Rao, Smriti, 2008. "Reforms with a Female Face: Gender, Liberalization, and Economic Policy in Andhra Pradesh, India," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(7), pages 1213-1232, July.
    4. Kakarlapudi, Kiran Kumar, 2010. "Agricultural Growth Deceleration in India: A Review of Explanations," MPRA Paper 35865, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Jan 2012.
    5. Motkuri, Venkatanarayana & Salla, Satyanarayana, 2008. "‘Jalayagnam’ to Quench the Thirst of Farmers for Irrigation in Andhra Pradesh: Wither Regional Disparities," MPRA Paper 48503, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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