Overview for Growth, Equity, Environment and Population: Economic and Sociological Perspectives
In India the process of modernization and development was initiated in the early 1950s, bringing in its fold a number of issues. This book discusses and analyses from an economic and social perspective some of these vital concerns--growth, equity, environment and human resources. It is a collection of the work of researchers at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), inspired by the forthcoming Golden Jubilee Year of the IEG. The essays in the volume employ sophisticated quantitative techniques in the analyses, thereby enhancing the quality of the subject matter. The volume will prove immensely useful for planners and policymakers as well as students and scholars of development studies. The essays are organized in five sections. The first section comprises issues concerning growth viewed from the perspectives of macro-economics, agriculture and industry. Another section deals with regional and gender equity. Economics and sociology of the environment constitute a third section, while a fourth section is about population, migration and health. The last section discusses sociological perspectives on religion, and the institution of family and its place in modern society.
C.H. Hanumantha Rao (Editor)
Professor Chennamaneni Hanumantha Rao is currently Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi and Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad. He is also Member, National Adivsory council, Government of India. Born in 1929 in Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, he did his graduation from Nizam College, Hyderabad. As an activist of the All Jyderabad Students Union, he participated actively in the freedom struggle. He did his M.A. in Economics from Osmania University, Jyderabad (1957) and his Ph.D. from University of Delhi (1962). He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago during 1966-67. He was a Fellow at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi (1961-92) and also its Director (1976-80). In addition to a distinguished academic career, Professor Rao has been at the forefront of several high-level policy making bodies under Government of India. He was Member, Planning Commission (1982-86); Member, Seventh and Eighth Finance Commissions; Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (1983-85); Chairman, ational Commission on Rural Labuor (1990-91); Chairman, Technical Adivsory Committee on DPA and DDP, Ministry of Rural Development (1993-97); Chairman, HIgh Powered Fertilisers Pricing Policy Review Committee (1997-98); and Member, Board of Directors, Reserve Bank of India (1994-2000). His publications include "Technological change and Distribution of Gains in Indian Agriculture" (Macmillan, 1975); "Agricultural Growth, Rural Poverty and Environmental Degradation in India" (OUP, 1994); "Andhra Pradesh Development: Economic Reforms and Challenges Ahead" (edited with S. Mahendra Dev, CESS, 2003) and over 100 research papers in academic journals. Professor Rao has received many awards during his illustrious career. The awards/honours include Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial prize (1974-75), Sri Kambhampati Satyanarayana (Senior) Memorial Award (1998), K.H. Batheja Award (1994), Financial Express Award (1955), Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Philosophy from Srikrishna Devaraya University, anathapur (1991) and the Kakatiya University, Warangal (1998), in Andhra Pradehs; and Sri Ravi Narayan Reddy Memorial Award (1994), and Telgu Atma Gaurava Puraskaram (2000). He has been awarded 'Padma Bhushan' by the President of India in 2004.
Kanchan Chopra (Editor)
Kanchan Chopra is Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her research interests span the areas of development, agricultural economics, natural resource management and sustainable development strategies. She has authored and co-authored several books, in addition to having published extensively in national and international journals. Her books include Operationalising Sustainable Development: Economic-Ecological Modeling for Developing Countries (with G.K. Kadekodi) 1999 and Migration of Common Property Resources and Environmental Degradation (with S.C. Gulati) 2001.